David Byrne organizes benefit concert for Philippines typhoon relief

By Sarah Weiss

When super typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 7, it left millions of people without homes and caused unfathomable death and destruction. In response to the tragedy, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is putting on a benefit concert to raise money to support the victims, which will feature the cast of his musical, “Here Lies Love.”

The concert will take place on November 25 at 8 p.m. at Terminal 5 in New York. All of the proceeds will go to support the recovery efforts of Doctors Without Borders in the Philippines.

“We’ll be doing a concert version of the show—this won’t be the same immersive, interactive experience as the theatrical version. But we’ll do EVERY song, in order, with the original cast and costumes—plus I’ll be helping out and singing as well,” says Byrne.

The musical follows the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. It features music written by Byrne and Fatboy Slim. “The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people-that sentiment couldn’t be more timely,” Byrne points out.

“If you didn’t see or hear the production, now is your chance to hear it and at the same time to do something for the survivors in the Philippines. Wear comfortable shoes!” adds the renowned singer and humanitarian.

The musical was produced earlier this year at the Public Theatre in New York. It incorporates elements of disco and rock ‘n roll, which are reportedly Marcos’ favorites.

Grab your tickets for the concert here. Help out and learn more about Doctors Without Borders relief efforts here.

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