Love’s Labour’s Lost

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book Adapted and Directed by Alex Timbers
From the Play by William Shakespeare
Choreography by Danny Mefford
Set Design by John Lee Beatty
Light Design by Jeff Croiter
Costume Design by Jen Moeller
Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners

Romance, revelry and indie rock ignite this contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's beloved comedy. The King and his pals arrive at their five-year college reunion, deciding to swear off the joys of women for three years. But when some lovely ladies from their past show up, they re-consider all of that nonsense! Smart, sexy, and outrageously inventive, Love's Labour's Lost is a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age.  
Love’s Labour’s Lost was produced by The Public Theater, in collaboration with Les Freres Corbusier.
July-August 2013: Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare in the Park

“FOUR STARS! A rocking new take on the classic!”
- Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“FOUR STARS! Freely but fondly adapted by Alex Timbers, and scored with more than a dozen superb tunes by Michael Friedman, this gleeful riff on Shakespeare is a tall, fruity drink of intoxicating delight. Friedman finds the sweet spot between giddy pop grooves and bruised, ruminating lyrics, creating a dual sensation of silliness and heartache.”
- David Cote, Time Out New York

“A wacky good time that fires on all cylinders!”
- Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“Sheer giddy energy propelled by a winning young cast!”
- Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“Literate and loony - there's a generous expansiveness to this Love's Labour's Lost. A summertime confection as tasty and ephemeral as cotton candy!”
- Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

“Exhilarating – a delightful night of theater. The creative team behind the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has managed to turn the spirit of the original into something completely contemporary. At a fast-paced hour and a half without intermission, it’s like the best Saturday Night Live you ever saw. I was exhilarated!”
- John Platt, WFUV