Camille Claudel's Matt Bogart Cast in Arena Stage Camelot

News   Camille Claudel's Matt Bogart Cast in Arena Stage Camelot Matt Bogart will reprise his work as Lancelot — he played the role in last season's Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey production — for Washington's Arena Stage.

Bogart's official website says that the actor, who was recently seen in the Goodspeed production of Camille Claudel, will be part of the cast of the Lerner and Loewe musical, which plays Nov. 14, 2003 through Jan. 4, 2004 at the D.C. theatre. Molly Smith directs. Camelot 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.

Matt Bogart starred as Camille Claudel's younger brother in the new Frank Wildhorn musical Camille Claudel at Goodspeed, which ended its run Sept. 7. The singer-actor was also seen as Paul in the Kennedy Center mounting of Stephen Sondheim's Company, and his Broadway credits include Aida, The Civil War, Miss Saigon and Smokey Joe's Cafe. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, Bogart has appeared in regional productions of Carousel and Side Show, and his debut solo recording, "Simple Songs," is available on the Jay Records label.

For more information about the Arena Stage, which is now offering Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood, visit www.arenastage.org.