Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater Plus Love's Labour's Lost Musical Set for Shakespeare in the Park
By Adam Hetrick
A new musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, penned by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson collaborators Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman, and The Comedy of Errors, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater, will be staged at the Delacorte Theater as part of the Public Theater's 2013 Shakespeare in the Park programming.
Daniel Sullivan (The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night) will helm Comedy of Errors, which launches the season May 28 and will continue through June 30. Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine," The Vandal, Seminar) and Ferguson ("Modern Family," On the Town) appeared together in the 2010 stagings of The Winter's Tale and Merchant of Venice. They will portray twins Dromio and Antipholus, respectively.
Following, from July 23-Aug. 18, will be Love's Labour's Lost, A New Musical. 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 since the Tony-winning Galt MacDermot musical Two Gentlemen of Verona premiered there in 1971 prior to a Broadway run. Timbers will direct. Scenic design for both summer productions is by John Lee Beatty.
Comedy of Errors, according to the Public, "concerns two sets of identical twins who were separated as children and now live as master-servant pairs in rival neighboring cities. When one pair crosses the border to find the other, so begins an exquisitely enjoyable mess of mistaken identity, wrongful imprisonment, questionable flirting and general mayhem. The stage is set for a wildly fun evening of physical comedy and brilliant wordplay as this irresistible Shakespearean confection returns to Central Park for the first time in 20 years!"
"In Love's Labour's Lost, romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. 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! Smart, sexy, outrageous, and irreverent, Love's Labour's Lost is a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age..."
"This summer will be a joyous and light-hearted celebration of Shakespeare's comic side – from the wild slapstick of The Comedy of Errors to the hip beauty of Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost," said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. "The Comedy of Errors will let our beloved Dan Sullivan explore his antic side, and Love's Labour's Lost will be the first original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's work at the Delacorte since the storied Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. The summer will be filled with universal laughter!"
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.
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