Filipino Sensation Vina Morales To Make Broadway Debut in HERE LIES LOVE


Vina Morales | Photo: Joseph Pascual

Jordanna Brody
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August 18, 2023 3:04 PM

Here Lies Love, the groundbreaking musical from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, has found its next Aurora Aquino! Philipino actress Vina Morales will begin playing the role for a limited guest engagement from Friday, September 22 – Sunday, October 22 at the Broadway Theatre.

Morales steps into the role following Lea Salonga’s final performance as Aurora Aquino this Saturday, August 19 at 3:30pm. Salonga remains a key member of the show’s co-producing team. Cast member Reanne Acasio steps back in as the full-time Aurora Aquino in the interim. Here Lies Love is committed to featuring various guest stars from the Philippines in the role of Aurora Aquino, showcasing the country’s abundance of talent. This production marked the first time Salonga played a Filipino role on the Broadway stage.

Lea Salonga said, “I am so excited to share the news that my friend Vina Morales will be joining our fabulous all-Filipino company in Here Lies Love! So talented and lovely, but most of all, so kind. She will be a wonderful addition to our cast!”

Vina Morales said, “To be able to perform on Broadway is a dream come true for any artist! I am grateful to “Coach Lea” Salonga for guiding me along the way. You’re the best, Lea! =) I am excited to be part of the Here Lies Love family and I can’t wait to perform for all of you!”

Alex Timbers said, “David Byrne and I were first introduced to Vina's extraordinary talents over ten years ago in Manila, when we were casting Here Lies Love's National Theatre production. It's an exciting, full-circle moment to have her join us now on Broadway; and an honor to introduce her, in this show-stopping role, to our incredible audiences."

From David Byrne, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Award winner and Fatboy Slim, Grammy Award winner, Here Lies Love is “a spectacular look at celebrity, vanity, and power, undergirded by a nonstop parade of danceable, singable hits," according to Theatrely's Juan A. Ramirez. This revolutionary new musical about former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos’ astonishing rise to power and subsequent fall at the hands of the Philippine People Power Revolution, “asks us to embody the ambition, mendacity, and ruthlessness we carry with us, even when we think we’ve danced them off, and question our complicity."

Developed and directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers and choreographed by Annie-B Parson, Here Lies Love is a "nonstop party" that speaks to a subject never before seen on Broadway, in a format completely new as well.

The show features the first all-Filipino cast to perform on Broadway: Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos, Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, Aaron J. Albano, Melody Butiu, Moses Villarama, Jasmine Forsberg, Reanne Acasio, Jaygee Macapugay, Julia Abueva, Renée Albulario, Aaron Alcaraz, Carol Angeli, Nathan Angelo, Kristina Doucette, Roy Flores, Timothy Matthew Flores, Sarah Kay, Jeigh Madjus, Aaron "AJ" Mercado, Geena Quintos, Shea Renne, Angelo Soriano, and Danielle Troiano.

The creative team for Here Lies Love on Broadway includes three-time Tony Award nominee David Korins' scenic design, Tony Award winner Clint Ramos' costume design, Tony Award winner Justin Townsend's lighting design, M.L. Dogg & Cody Spencer's sound design, and three-time Tony Award nominee Peter Nigrini's projection design, with casting by Tara Rubin CSA, Xavier Rubiano CSA, Gail Quintos and general management by Foresight Theatrical. Additional creative team members include ATW Jonathan Larson Grant recipient J. Oconer Navarro as music director, Billy Bustamante as assistant director, Renée Albulario as assistant choreographer, Bobby Garcia as casting consultant/Philippines, Gregory T. Livoti as production stage manager, and Ryan Gohsman and Sheryl Polancos as assistant stage managers. Giselle “G” Töngi is the show’s Cultural and Community Liaison.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.

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