Monday, August 12, 2013

Love's Labour's Lost: The Musical @ The Delcorte Theater

The Public Theater produces new plays, musicals, productions of Shakespeare, and other classics in its headquarters on Lafayette Street (the former Astor library, which opened as The Public Theater in 1967 with the world premiere of the musical Hair) and at the Delacorte Theater, its permanent summertime home of free Shakespeare in the Park each summer. This summer on Shakespeare in the Parks 51st Anniversary,  Public Theater brings the community Love's Labour's Lost: A New Musical written by the same team that brought to life Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. Smart, sexy, outrageous and irreverent, it's a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age. Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare. The King and his best buds decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off the joys of women. But when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider all of that nonsense! This new musicals take one of Shakespeare's funniest plays and turns it into a modern day musical set on a college campus at a 10 year reunion.

This cast is packed full of a young energetic cast. The boys, Daniel Breaker (Shrek), Colin Donnell (Anything Goes), Bryan Pinkham (Ghost: The Musical), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Bloody Bloody..), are love sick and adorable as they try to deny their love for the girls. This is shown as each guy gets his own show stealing number ultimately making complete fools of themselves, leaving the audience in stitches. The girls, Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones), Maria Thayer, Kimiko Glenn, and Audrey Lynn Weston had a harder job of selling their performances because they each didn't get lucky enough to get their own show stopping number, luckily the four of them have indescribable  comedic timing and a was able to capture the audience with side spiting dialogue. Ensemble shout out goes to Jeff Hiller, he steals this show just as he did in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, with his small side lines that have the audience crying in laughter. 

Love's Labour's Lost runs at the Delcorte theater until August 18, 2013. Tickets are free and the show is great, so don't miss out.

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