‘Camelot,’ Beloved but Befuddling, Gets the Aaron Sorkin Treatment

By Michael Paulson
March 22, 2023 

“Camelot” opened on Broadway 63 years ago, an eagerly anticipated new musical from the makers of “My Fair Lady.” But happily-ever-aftering took a while.

Out-of-town, while trying to trim the overlong production, one writer was hospitalized with an ulcer, and the director collapsed of a heart attack. In New York, despite starring Julie Andrews and Richard Burton, “Camelot” took months to find its footing, and only did so following a televised segment on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Today the musical, written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, is remembered as one of the last of Broadway’s Golden Age shows, but...


Photo of Phillipa Soo, Jordan Donica, and Andrew Burnap by Jingyu Lin for The New York Times