PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Love's Labour's Lost Star Bryce Pinkham Shares His 90s Jams

By Adam Hetrick
August 14, 2013

The Public Theater's world-premiere musical Love's Labour's Lost, which re-envisions the Bard's classic as a rock-fueled, collegiate romp, officially opened Aug. 12 as part of Shakespeare in the Park. To get in the spirit, cast member Bryce Pinkham picked songs that defined the 90s as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.

Adapted by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson collaborators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, Love's Labour's Lost continues through Aug. 18. The production is studded with comedic references and moments that take aim at audience members who grew up in the 90s. Pinkham (Ghost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the upcoming Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) shared his defining 90s party jams and why they made his ultimate list.

Don't forget: All performances for Love's Labour's Lost begin at 8:30 PM. It has a 90-minute running time.

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park the day of the show. The Public Theater is again offering free tickets through its Virtual Ticketing lottery at shakespeareinthepark.org on the day of the show.

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Click through to check out Pinkham's picks.

Ace of Base - "The Sign."
If you don't know Ace of Base you probably weren't in middle school in the 90s. "The Sign" was the first album I ever purchased with my own money. Yes, I had to get my mom to play it from the tape deck of our minivan, but still I remember feeling pretty cool.

TLC – "Waterfalls."
Soft spot for this one. Probably one of the biggest laughs we ever got in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was from referencing this mid-nineties existential ballad. Justin Levine, our music director of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Love's Labour's Lost, used to warm us up on stage using this song.

MC Hammer - "Can't Touch This."
I think we can all agree that MC Hammer was the man. The pants, the moves, the lyrics. Imagine me with bleach blonde bowl-cut hair, testing out a sensible step-touch to this song on the middle school dance floor and you'll have a pretty good idea of what my early nineties were like.

Presidents of the United States of America - "Peaches."
These guys basically gave me a vision of my retirement before I had ever had my first job: "Moving to the country, gonna eat me a lot of peaches." What could be better than that? Wait, millions of peaches you say? Wow. Now we're really talking about something this fruit lover can get behind. Nature's candy indeed sir, nature's candy indeed. Insert head banging here.

Seal - "Kiss From a Rose."

First time I asked a girl to dance was to this song. Once I heard Seal's voice I knew it was time. I walked across my friend's living room where this party was and asked this girl who was easily a foot taller than me at the time. Big success. Listen to the lyrics though…anyone else find them kind of dark?

Criss-Cross - "Jump."

You had to hand it to them, these two "young lovable huggable type of guys" did make us all want to jump. Best calf workout ever is still just jumping through the entirety of this song. Oh and another thing… THEY WORE THEIR CLOTHES BACKWARDS. Do you think they needed help getting dressed? The mechanics of their wardrobe situation always boggled my mind. Hope they tipped their dressers well.

2Pac - "CA Love."
If you lived in California in the 90s you probably knew every word to this song like I did. I definitely felt "hella" cool when this song came on the dance floor.

Sublime - "What I Got."
More CA pride. Ska (remember "ska"?!!) meets Hip-Hop meets the CA "take it easy" attitude. I don't cry when my dog runs away, I don't get angry at the bills I have to pay. That's poetry.

Spice Girls - "If You Wanna Be My Lover."
If what you really really want is to zig-a-zag ha, then this is the 90s jam for you. The song introduces the listener to each of the Spice Girls by name and gives you a complete outline of what you need to do to "get with" them. Basically, if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends, and then slam your body down and wind it all around. Duh.

Eve 6 - "Inside Out."
Late 90's Alternative Jam. Listen to the lyrics, so confusing, but somehow so right. "Or am I origami, folded up and just pretend? Heart in a blender, watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivion?" Stop thinking about it and start jamming.

Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Baby Got Back."
Hands down best intro to a song EVER. Then, Sir Mix-A-Lot just leaving all innuendo BEHIND and rapping about what he flat out likes - Big Butts. In the music video he is actually standing on a large posterior. Try and tell me the nineties weren't the best.