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Michael Friedman Sets Shakespeare To Song In 'Love's Labour's Lost'

The 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' composer and lyricist tells us about his latest project with director Alex Timbers.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Bryce Pinkham, Colin Donnell, and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe in The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labour's Lost. (Joan Marcus)

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. But this year, something rather unusual is playing at the festival – a Shakespeare-based musical. Brought to you by the duo behind "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Love's Labour's Lost" is a hilarious mash-up of original 16th century text and a modern-day college town setting.

Composer and lyricist Michael Friedman wrote the songs for the new production, and he joins us to talk about why he and director Alex Timbers were drawn to this particular play of Shakespeare's. 

"Love's Labour's Lost" plays at The Public Theater's Shakespeare In The Park until August 18. 


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