Lerner and Loewe’s
|Book and Lyrics by
Alan Jay Lerner
Original Production Directed and Staged by Moss Hart
Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The most legendary love triangle of all time soars into musical life in Lerner & Loewe’s award-winning classic. The idealistic young King Arthur dreams of creating a kingdom based on honor, dignity, and “Might for Right,” but his principles are sorely tested when his beautiful queen falls in love with his strongest knight. Featuring classic melodies of the Great American Songbook, including If Ever I Would Leave You, The Lusty Month of May, Camelot, and more.
Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
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Director: Russell Garrett++
Choreographer: Jesse Factor
Music Director: Shane Parus
Fight Director: Paul West
Stage Manager: Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managers: Brian R. Sekinger*, Kyla Mermejo-Varga & Kelsey Koga
Scenic Designer: Brad M. Carlson+
Lighting Designer: Cecilia Durbin+
Costume Designer: Emily Kimball
Sound Engineer: Ben Montmagny
King Arthur: Fred Rose*
Lancelot: Andy Tighe*
Merlyn/Pellinore: Adam Zeph
Tom of Warwick: Charlie Cloud
Keyboard 2: Robbie Cowan
Drums: Laura Hamel
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Reeds: Jordan Standlee
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists
++Denotes membership in Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society
by Tom DeMille
In short, there’s simply not a more congenial spot, For happily-ever-aftering then here in Camelot
It would be logical to assume that lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe were a British bred team given the settings of most of their musicals, be it ancient Scotland in BRIGADOON or Victorian England in MY FAIR LADY. In fact, both were American citizens, though of widely different background and temperament. Ironically, although the setting for their last success was Fifth Century England, CAMELOT has become the nostalgic and romantic symbol for a Twentieth Century American presidency.
Lerner was born in New York City into a wealthy family in the retail business. Educated at private schools, he was a classmate and friend of John F. Kennedy at Harvard, where he wrote musical parodies for Hasty Pudding. A handsome and flamboyant gentleman, he was married continuously from 1940 until his death 46 years later, but to eight different women! One ex-wife with a sense of humor summed it up with the comment that “marriage is Alan’s way of saying goodbye”. Fritz Loewe was born in Germany, the son of a well-known Viennese musician. He arrived in New York on the eve of the Great Depression and for the next 15 years played the role of starving artist. All this changed in 1942 when Lerner & Loewe met on the way to the Men’s Room at the Lamb’s Club, Fritz saying to Alan “I understand you write lyrics” to which Alan replied “well, I understand you write music”. Not the cleverest dialogue perhaps, but as the world of music would soon find out, understatement in its highest form.
Their first big hit was l 947’s BRIGADOON which was followed by the modest success of PAINT YOUR WAGON. In 1956 they presented their master work, MY FAIR LADY, and after a detour to Hollywood for the film GIGI, the pair turned their attention to the legend of King Arthur. T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” provided the source material. The Arthur legend has roots dating back into antiquity with Sir Thomas Malory’s work, “The Hoole Booke of Kyng Arthur & His Noble Knyghtes of the Roundetable”, being first published in 1485. Arthur may or may not be based upon a real person, but he, Lancelot, Guenevere, Merlin and the other characters have gone through many transformations over the years. White and the Lerner/Loewe musical portray the king as a well-meaning ruler, seeking peace and harmony in the world.
CAMELOT opened at the Majestic Theater on December 3, 1960 and ran for over two years, winning four Tony Awards, including one each for Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Robert Goulet was featured as Lancelot in a career making performance. Revived many times, this is the fifth time it has been presented at the Barn Playhouse. President Kennedy was assassinated less than a year after its initial run. Jackie Kennedy’s statement a few days later that “there will be great presidents again … but there’ll never be another Camelot”, forever joined the administration to the ever evolving Arthurian legend.