‘Camelot’ musical to be reimagined in new production at Lincoln Center Theater
One of the classics of Broadway, the musical "Camelot," is being reimagined in a new production at Lincoln Center Theater.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, with an updated book by Aaron Sorkin, "Camelot" features the iconic score of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe - including the songs "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," and, of course, the title song.
Tony Award winner Andrew Burnap ("The Inheritance") makes his Broadway musical debut as King Arthur who reigns over the utopian kingdom of Camelot opposite Phillipa Soo as Guenevere.
"She is very witty, she's fierce, an intellect," says Soo of her character.
Jordan Donica plays Guenevere's other love interest, Lancelot du Lac.
"What I am bringing is the exploration of the ideals of love. The ideas of self-love, what does it mean when you are someone who doesn't know how to express that love?" says Donica.
Camelot first opened on Broadway in 1960 starring Julie Andrews as Guenevere, Richard Burton as King Arthur and Robert Goulet as Lancelot.
Sorkin, an Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screen Play for "The Social Network,” adapted "To Kill a Mockingbird" into a Broadway play. He says it's essential to see material anew when writing adaptations or revising the book of a musical.
"I think that at some point you have to fall out of love with the original material and you have to make it your own," says Sorkin.
"Camelot" begins previews Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater ahead of a scheduled April 13 opening.