Sad news today for theater fans: ACT announced that they've had to cancel the planned June production of Here Lies Love, the acclaimed musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that tells the tell of a young Imelda Marcos's rise to power as Filipina First Lady in the disco era of Manila. The show, meant to be the capper for ACT's 2016-2017 season, was first produced by New York's Public Theater in 2013 and again in 2014, and then saw a production at London's Royal National Theater. And in a release today, ACT artistic director Carey Perloff says they've been working for two years to bring the piece to San Francisco but "Ultimately the logistics and cost proved insurmountable."
The show seems to have been a co-production with Seattle Rep, who appear to still have the show on their schedule for May 2017, with tickets going on sale next week, though that may change.
In place of the show, ACT says they'll instead be doing A Night with Janis Joplin, a musical look at the great rock icon, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love. The play was canceled after just four months on Broadway in 2014 due to poor ticket sales, and is billed as "a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith." Variety said the show was "a bust" as a musical biography, but succeeds as "a celebration of the blues and those beautiful bruises they leave on the singer’s soul."
A Night with Janis Joplin will play at ACT from June 7 to July 2, and casting information will be announced at a later date.