Romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. Using the original text, Love's Labour's Lost reunites Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Fortress of Solitude) and two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) as they bring their oneof-a-kind sensibility to the immortal words of the Bard. Justin wore three hats on this production including Music Director, Orchestrator as well as playing the role of Moth, the dutiful servant to Don Armado.
“Love’s Labour’s Lost” (at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park) is so good on so many levels that it makes you excited about not only what the American musical can do but how well it reflects on those producers who support the new, full-out. Developed under the aegis of the Public Theatre, it’s the kind of show that the Shakespeare in the Park series has been waiting for. Brilliantly directed and adapted by Alex Timbers from Shakespeare’s early comedy—the play was first performed in the mid-fifteen-nineties—the piece retains the basic plot about four upper-class men who forego their extended youth for a life of monastic contemplation, but who, of course, immediately fall in love with a quartet of women who reduce them to the sweetly bewildered, enlarged-heart state that love can and should reduce us to."
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