Lyrics byAlan Jay Lerner
Music byFrederick Loewe
Book byAaron Sorkin
Based on the original book byAlan Jay Lerner
The seeds of our production of CAMELOT were sown about five years ago. That was when Producing Artistic Director André Bishop asked our Resident Director Bartlett Sher, during our celebrated run of My Fair Lady, if he would consider delving into another Lerner & Loewe classic for our annual gala that year. That CAMELOT was a one-night-only smashing success. The very next morning everyone began asking if we’d revive it for a full run. With some reworking plus a bit of a pandemic delay, the time has finally come for the glorious new production we’ll mount this spring at the Beaumont!
This CAMELOT is a fresh take on the classic tale. It has a book by Aaron Sorkin, based on the original by Alan Jay Lerner, with the warm support of the Lerner & Loewe estates. Among his many accolades, Aaron is the Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning writer of The Social Network, The Trial of the Chicago 7, A Few Good Men, “The West Wing,” and Broadway’s recent To Kill A Mockingbird, also directed by Bartlett Sher.
But while the book is new, the most beloved elements of the story are intact: the romantic triangle between Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot; the quest to establish democracy and justice over chaos; the bittersweet wish for the world to be as it once was. And, the gorgeous score is still there including “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Lusty Month of May” and the title song “Camelot,” to be played by a 30-piece orchestra using the original orchestrations.
Leading the cast of 27 are three extraordinary actors:
Andrew Burnap, who won the 2021 Tony Award for Best Actor in The Inheritance, is our spirited, young King Arthur. Phillipa Soo, best known for originating the role of Eliza in Hamilton, and most recently seen as Cinderella in the Encores! revival of Into The Woods, and Sarah Brown in the Kennedy Center’s Guys and Dolls will be our smart and powerful Guenevere. Jordan Donica, who was our wonderful Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, returns as the conflicted knight, Lancelot.
Additional casting to be announced at a later date.