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Lolita, My Love

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Members say: 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." More…

“Lolita, My Love” closely follows the legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins. For this Mufti presentation, Erik Haagensen has edited together a new script from Lerner's assorted drafts, each vastly different from the others. 

“Lolita, My Love” is part of The York's "Musicals in Mufti" series, a series of script-in-hand, concert revival readings presented in everyday clothes and with minimal staging.

Member Reviews (20)


Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow
Avg Score

An impressive production of a highly problematic play, Riveting, Clever, Great staging, Strong performances

See it if you want to take this 1st oppty in 40 yrs. Fascinating, stomach-turning show. Gr singing/staging. Good songs. Run time cut to 2 1/4 hrs.

Don't see it if the content is triggering. Disturbing story of hebephilia, esply given 2019 headlines abt Epstein et al. Still, a strong, memorable prodn.

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).

Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Quirky

See it if you're curious about the musical & a fan of Lerner or Barry, you want to see how novel was adapted, you enjoy the York's Mufti series

Don't see it if turned off by the subject matter & peppy" songs in a serious musical with serious subject, don't like minimal sets, costumes, single piano

Strange subject for musical. nice music.

See it if You appreciate nice music and seeing a show that almost made it to broadway

Don't see it if You want full fledge musical with good book and music.

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

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a quintessential mufti performance of a show that never made it to NY . ..controversial at best

Don't see it if Don't think obsession and pedophilia mixed with murder are the stuff musicals are made of .

Clever, Long, Interesting, Icky, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a historical flop with some surprisingly great tunes and a compelling frame narrative around Nabokov's masterpiece.

Don't see it if for better & worse, this hews closely to the plot of the novel. There is a lot of talk/portrayal of sex with an underage girl. 3 hours long.

Also It is deeply unclear why anyone ever thought converting a novelistic m... Read more Read less

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)

Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show that is SO rare and weird beyond words.

Don't see it if you hate the story of Lolita (I mean, we all know what it is).

Also I am SO glad I got to see this. I think this is one of the best Mufti'... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Intense, Slow

See it if you are a fan of little known musicals or like to discover hidden gems

Don't see it if you are expecting to be out in under three hours or have a problem with the explicit subject matter

Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Epic

See it if You want to see why this show closed early in the original staging and never made it to NY. The leads do their absolute best though.

Don't see it if You want to see an ensemble bored out of their minds. I swear I saw 2 fall asleep onstage! So lackluster an ensemble it made a slow show lag

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.

Also While I am usually very uncomfortable hearing about pedophiles, the fo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you're curious about it. It won't disappoint... you want to see some very good direction and music direction

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the subject matter of Lolita. It's still disturbing.

Great acting, Great singing, In this day of #metoo, it may be too soon to revive this musical

See it if In a nutshell, great actors/singers in search of a musical. This is not the one. The score is boring-so much talent wasted.

Don't see it if a musical about pedophilia seems interesting; it isn't.

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.

Also Wow, what an incredible experience. I was stunned by how much I enjoye... Read more Read less

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.

Also I have not shut up about Lolita, My Love all week. I saw all three Ala... Read more Read less

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" !

Also Uneven book and lyrics aside, I'm so glad York staged this. The score ... Read more Read less

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...

Also Finally. I am very glad LOLITA, MY LOVE has been produced smartly, sen... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if Fascinating recreation of a failed Alan Jay Lerner

Don't see it if If you are not deeply interested in obscure Broadway flops

During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a bit of history - a musical that closed out-of-town.

Don't see it if you can't get past the subject matter - hebephilia

Also This show would get a 100 if it weren't for the subject - pedophilia. ... Read more Read less

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 excel...
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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 ...
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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 ma...
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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, ...
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