Drury Lane’s CAMELOT Runs October 30 – January 4, 2015
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the iconic love story CAMELOT, the winner of four Tony Awards, previewing October 30, opening November 6and running through January 4, 2015. The all-star cast is led by Ken Clark (Titanic on Broadway, First National Tour of La Cage Aux Folles, Netflix’s House of Cards) as “King Arthur,” Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia! on Broadway and First National Tour of Spring Awakening) as “Guenevere,” and Travis Taylor (Les Misérables and Young Frankensteinat Drury Lane Theatre) as “Lancelot.” CAMELOT is directed by Alan Souza (World Premiere musicals The Little Hours and Exposure Time for New Jersey Repertory Theatre, and The Full Monty for Maltz Jupiter Theatre) making his Chicago debut. Drury Lane’s production shines new light on this majestic musical that will feature new orchestrations by Matt Aument and a unique scenic approach that blends medieval fantasy with the opulence of the 12th Century court life.
Adapted from T.H. White’s novel The Once and Future King, the legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this thrilling story of love and intrigue, chivalry and betrayal. According to Souza, “The legend of King Arthur inspires a dream of strength giving way to justice and highlights the aching passions that both inspire idealism yet falter in their thrust towards glory.”
CAMELOT originally opened on Broadway in 1960 starring Julie Andrews and Richard Burton and spawned several revivals and an Academy Award-winning 1967 film version.CAMELOT won four 1961 Tony Awards and the 1961 original cast recording was number one on the Billboard Pop Albums chart for 60 weeks. The lush, romantic score includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Camelot,” “How to Handle a Woman,” and “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight.”
The cast also includes Jonathan Weir (National Tours of Jersey Boys, and The Lion King) as “Merlyn” and “Pellinore,” Patrick Rooney (Next to Normal at Drury Lane Theatre) as “Mordred,” and Gabriel Stern (A Christmas Carol at Theatre at the Center) as “Tom of Warwick.” The ensemble includes Alec Barbour, Michael Brown, Don Denton, Devin DeSantis, J. Michael Finley, Nathan Gardner, Travis A. Knight, Philip Lacey, Megan Long, Henry McGinniss, Keewa Nurullah, Erin Oechsel, Tony Pellegrino, Allison Sill, Andrea Louise Soule, and Glenn Stanton.
The intricately designed set by Jeff Award-winning Scenic Director Kevin Depinet (The Game’s Afoot at Drury Lane Theatre and Set Designer for the film Public Enemies)brilliantly depicts the changing seasons to represent the passage of time in the kingdom. Heavy armor and lush gowns trimmed with fur typify the regality of the costume design by Maggie Hofmann (The Game’s Afoot and Young Frankenstein at Drury Lane Theatre). The artistic team also includes Lee Fiskness as Lighting Designer (Young Frankenstein at Drury Lane Theatre), Rick Jarvie as Wig Designer (The Game’s Afoot and Sound of Music at Drury Lane Theatre), Ray Nardelli as Sound Designer (The Game’s Afoot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Young Frankenstein, Next to Normal at Drury Lane Theatre), John Tovar as Fight Choreographer (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Drury Lane Theatre), and Nick Heggestad as Properties Design (The Game’s Afoot, The 25th Annual Putnam CountySpelling Bee at Drury Lane Theatre).
The performance schedule for CAMELOT is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($40), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($40) and 8 p.m. ($50), Fridays at 8 p.m. ($55), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($55), and 8:30 p.m. ($55), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($55), and 6 p.m. ($50). Lunch and dinner theatre packages are available. Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $35 for matinees and $50 for a matinee luncheon package. For reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, call TicketMaster at800.745.3000 or visit www.drurylane.com.