Lolita, My Love

Lolita, My Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

(20 Ratings)
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Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow

About the Show

The York Theatre presents Alan Jay Lerner's 1971 musical adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's groundbreaking and controversial 1955 novel, "Lolita."

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Show-Score Member Reviews (20)

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86 Reviews | 24 Followers
Ambitious, daring, phenomenal acting, historically important , great singing

See it if You are interested in complex musicals, Broadway history, and Alan Jay Lerner. I LOVED this show and would go again if I could.

Don't see it if You are a shallow person without a sense of humor, nuance, or ability to deal with complex material. Read more

118 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Dark, Uncomfortable

See it if you love the book Lolita and you're interested in truly hidden gems of theater.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with a story told from the perspective of a pedophile and murderer. You don't enjoy stripped down versions of shows. Read more

239 Reviews | 68 Followers
Absorbing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to be entertained and disturbed in equal measure, you want to see a musical adaptation of one of our Great Novels

Don't see it if The pedophilia of it all is too much for you to handle; you don't want to sit through a quite long musical (2:45)

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
Daring, Complex, Relevant, Edgy, Riveting

See it if You want to see how a musical about a pedophile--when skillfully handled--can have you sympathizing with him, against your will at times.

Don't see it if The subject matter is a delicate one for you, or if you really don't care about anything but Lerner's popular shows. It's once in a lifetime

228 Reviews | 36 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you have read the book. Robert Sella captures Humbert perfectly. His mannerisms and voice are pitch perfect.

Don't see it if you do not want a thinking person's musical or if you are expecting Mrs. Haze to be played as Shelley Winters did in the movie. Read more

783 Reviews | 249 Followers
Intense, Edgy, Disturbing, Great singing, Clever

See it if Complex & effective rendition of the novel as a musical. Sickening but also moving, clever & humorous. Excellent vocals & staging.

Don't see it if You aren’t up for a twisted main character. You don’t like the mufti presentation (use of scripts & one piano).

71 Reviews | 19 Followers
Ambitious, Unsettling, Intense, Very good "lost" score

See it if You are familiar with the troubled show and want to cross it off your musical theatre aficionado's "bucket list."

Don't see it if It's a musical about a pedophile-murderer. It's the best musical about a pedophile-murder that will ever happen, but nevertheless... Read more

69 Reviews | 27 Followers
Slow, Absorbing, Awkward book & lyrics, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see this infamous flop well-staged and sung! Loved getting to hear this score & the updated staging. George Abud's fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like the storyline; you'll cringe at lyrics such as "who is this viper/who likes them post-diaper" ! Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

February 26th, 2019

“Nearly fifty years after its initial commercial failure, 'Lolita, My Love' in its current form is revealed as a well-crafted musical theatre piece with fine wit and attractive melodies. Perhaps that's not enough to get it to Broadway, but it's certainly enough to earn a visit to The York's excellent production."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 26th, 2019

"Maltby, works thoughtfully and well, maintaining a good pace during a lengthy, exposition-heavy first act...She has a stunning Humbert in Sella, who handles his ballads in achingly controlled fashion...'Lolita, My Love' constitutes a daring stab at the impossible, and all thanks to the York for letting us finally get a look at this sometimes brilliant, often misbegotten work. It offers living proof that some failures are more interesting than some successes.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 25th, 2019

The writing's smart and enveloping, as we'd expect from a master like Lerner; it's just about something profoundly disturbing. Maltby's direction, clarifying the truth vs. Humbert's version of it and framing the action is a huge help. So is Sella. His Humbert is wonderful casting...The subject matter is just too upsetting, and even Haagensen's expert blending of drafts can't obscure some structural liabilities."
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February 26th, 2019

"The York Theatre Company is to be applauded for taking the risk of staging this famously controversial musical in its New York premiere. As Alan Jay Lerner is one of the legendary giants of the musical theater, it is a pleasure to be able to see this lost musical in a workable version. However, despite the excellent staging of director Emily Maltby, 'Lolita, My Love,' the casting still seems problematic and the musical is ultimately disappointing."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 25th, 2019

"There’s much to admire in director Emily Maltby’s presentation...Lerner’s book is turgid. The run-time of three hours is too long. It’s as if he forgot he was writing a musical with long patches of exposition without song. And some of the songs are snippets versus full numbers...'Lolita, My Love' is best for those who must see the entire Lerner cannon or the theatrically curious."
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Front Row Center
March 1st, 2019

“There’s a reason this show closed out of town. The unsavory material resists rehabilitation...The musical is heavy, imbalanced, and way too long...The cast does its best, but they cannot shift this material into second gear...'Lolita, My Love' does have a couple of good songs...’Lolita’ should be an opera...It demands texture and depth. As a musical, it is impossible to find the balance between weighty material and palatable composition."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 1st, 2019

"After seeing this musical, I completely understand why it failed. The production and the York do a superb job of this material, but it is incredibly hard to watch...Some of the songs in Lolita are catchy and the First Act is definitely better than the Second...Sella does his best to make us understand his plight while sounding glorious...Maltby does a wonderful job at directing this piece and keeps it flowing and palatable...For me it is just too much to take when done in song."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
February 25th, 2019

"It is definitely worth this fresh look in the concert style staging...The difficulty with the work—and I speak of the musical itself, not this presentation—is that as it grows more and more complicated and serious, Nakokov’s satirical vision is overshadowed, and the right tone that we experience in the first act, is lost. Although there still are some good numbers that Lerner wrote, the story turns primarily nasty...An interesting attempt to make a musical out of a difficult subject."
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