The legend of Camelot has captured the imagination for centuries. It has been the subject of countless films, romance novels, and even computer games. The Syfy channel is airing “Merlin,” now in its third season, the computer game “Quest for Camelot” and its spin-offs have maintained their popularity for more than a decade, and The Starz network premieres its new series “Camelot” this month. But arguably the most popular telling of the Arthurian legend is the Lerner and Loewe musical that Act 1 chose to close its 2010-2011 season.
- Runs April 27 to May 8 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts in Center Valley, PA
- Performances are:
- Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. (with an additional performance on Tuesday, May 3)
- Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
- Ticket prices are:
- $24 for adults and $22 for students and seniors for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors for Friday and Sunday
- $27 for all patrons on Saturday
- Purchase tickets online or call the Labuda Center Box Office at 610-282-3192
The Camelot years
“Camelot “is based on T.H. White’s novel, The Once and Future King, a modern retelling of the story of King Arthur and the Knights of his fabled Round Table. The musical was a personal favorite of John F. Kennedy and he often listened to the Broadway recording in the White House. The time John and Jackie Kennedy spent in the White House has been dubbed the “Camelot years.”
About the musical
The musical tells the story of King Arthur’s dream to use “might for right,” but his dream is complicated by the romance between his wife, Guenevere, and his friend, the courageous Lancelot. “Camelot” features one of Broadway’s most ravishing and enchanting scores including such songs as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” and, of course, “Camelot.”
“‘Camelot’ was the first musical Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner wrote after their mega-hit ‘My Fair Lady,’” says division head John Bell. “Anticipation was very high and with great acclaim, their treatment of the Arthurian legend served as an instant coronation of the writers as the new princes of Broadway.”
A timeless favorite
The play was first produced in 1960 and won four the Tony® Awards including Best Actor for Richard Burton as King Arthur. It played for 873 performances. “Camelot” was made into a film in 1967 starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave. Richard Burton reprised his role as Arthur in the 1980 revival and Robert Goulet assumed the role of Arthur for the 1993 revival.
Playwright and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe dominated the Broadway stage and American musical theater from 1947 into the 1960s. They are responsible for some of the biggest and most spectacular Broadway successes, including “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “My Fair Lady”—which broke all existing world records and played for nine years. “Camelot” was their last Broadway hit.
“This is one of my all time favorite musicals,” says director Dennis Razze, “and it was the personal favorite of my recently deceased mother. Her favorite song was ‘If Ever I Would Leave You.’ I’m also delighted that faculty member Wayne Turney will be a guest artist in this production playing the role of Merlyn, Arthur’s teacher and the court magician.”
About the Labuda Center
The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system sponsored by The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and Schubert Communications, Inc. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.
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