The Verdict: Critics Review Musical Adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare in the Park

By Adam Hetrick
August 13, 2013

The Public Theater's world-premiere musical Love's Labour's Lost, penned by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson collaborators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, officially opened Aug. 12 at the Delacorte Theater following previews that began July 23 as part of Shakespeare in the Park.



Featuring a score by Friedman and a book by two-time Tony nominee Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Rocky, Here Lies Love), the production marks the first new Shakespeare-based musical to be produced at the Delacorte Theater since the Tony-winning Galt MacDermot musical Two Gentlemen of Verona premiered there in 1971 prior to a Broadway run.

Timbers also directs the production that will run through Aug. 18. Check out Playbill.com's survival guide for waiting in line for tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. 

The cast features Daniel Breaker (King of Navarre), Kevin Del Aguila (Dull), Colin Donnell (Berowne), Rachel Dratch (Holofernes), Andrew Durand (Boyet), Kimiko Glenn (Maria), Jeff Hiller (Nathaniel), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Jaquenetta), Justin Levine (Moth), Patti Murin (Princess), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Dumaine), Bryce Pinkham (Longaville), Charlie Pollock (Costard), Caesar Samayoa (Don Armado), Maria Thayer (Rosaline), and Audrey Lynn Weston (Katherine). The non-equity ensemble features Michael R. Douglass and Bradley Gibson.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

AM New York

Bloomberg News

Entertainment Weekly

The Financial Times

The Hollywood Reporter

NBC New York

Newsday

New York Daily News

New York Magazine

New York Post

The New York Times

Time Out New York

USA Today

Variety

 

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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.