Camelot Revival — with Richard Harris and Meg Bussert — Scheduled for DVD Release

News   Camelot Revival — with Richard Harris and Meg Bussert — Scheduled for DVD Release Acorn Media will release a DVD of the 1981 revival of Camelot, which featured Richard Harris, who also starred in the film version of the Lerner and Loewe musical, as Arthur and Meg Bussert as Guenevere.

The 147-minute DVD is scheduled to arrive in stores May 1. As staged for television, press notes reveal, "the production maintains the immediacy of a live performance while making the most of close-ups to capture every nuance of the performances." HBO originally broadcast this production.

Special features of the DVD include production notes by actress Bussert, the original Broadway Playbill on DVD-ROM and biographies of Richard Harris and Camelot creators Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner.

In Camelot, according to press notes, "idealistic King Arthur (Harris) longs to create a perfectly principled kingdom, but sees his dream undone by a tragic love triangle involving Queen Guenevere (Bussert) and his best friend Lancelot (Muenz). In this thoroughly engaging production, the medieval monarch’s vision — a place where 'violence is not strength, and compassion is not weakness' — speaks to our time and for all time."

Camelot — featuring music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner — originally opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre in Dec. 1960, playing 873 performances before closing Jan. 5, 1963. The premiere company included Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, Robert Coote, John Cullum and Roddy McDowall. The classic Lerner and Loewe score boasts such tunes as "If Ever I Would Leave You," "I Loved You Once in Silence," "Follow Me," "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight" and the title tune.

The 1981 revival at the Winter Garden Theatre began previews Nov. 10 with an official opening Nov. 15. The production closed Jan. 2, 1982, after 57 performances. Directed by Frank Dunlop, the Camelot revival featured choreography by Buddy Schwab; the cast also included Richard Backus (Mordred), Barrie Ingham (King Pellinore), Richard Muenz (Lancelot) and James Valentine (Merlyn). "Camelot" will have a suggested retail price of $29.99. Visit www.acornonline.com for more information.