David Byrne has reached an agreement with American Federation of Musicians’ Local 802 for his upcoming Broadway musical, “Here Lies Love,” about the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.
Byrne, who co-wrote the musical with Fatboy Slim, had earlier planned to use pre-recorded tracks.
According to the agreement reached with Local 802, the show will hire 12 musicians, including three actor-musicians, who are union members.
“After negotiation, we have reached an agreement that will bring live music to Here Lies Love with the inclusion of 12 musicians to the show. Broadway is a very special place with the best musicians and performances in the world, and we are glad this agreement honors that tradition,” Local 802 said in a statement.
“On behalf of our entire cast, company and creative team, we have reached an agreement with Musicians Union Local 802, per the collective bargaining agreement,” a statement from the producers of “Here Lies Love” reads. “We look forward to welcoming audiences to experience the revolutionary musical experience that is Here Lies Love at the Broadway Theatre beginning on Saturday, June 17.”
The statement added, “Here Lies Love has always had three actor-musicians and a musical director in every production. The show’s integrity and the musical concept remains the same.”
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