“Follow Me”: Camelot Begins Performances at Paper Mill April 2

News   “Follow Me”: Camelot Begins Performances at Paper Mill April 2 The Paper Mill production of Camelot — starring Brent Barrett and Glory Crampton — begins previews April 2.
Brent Barrett and Glory Crampton in Camelot.
Brent Barrett and Glory Crampton in Camelot. (Photo by Jerry Dalia)

Barrett stars as King Arthur opposite the Guenevere of Crampton in the Lerner and Loewe musical Others in the cast include Matt Bogart as Lancelot, George S. Irving as Merlin/Pellinore and Barrett Foa as Mordred. The company features Enrique Acevedo, Jacquelyn Baker, Bernie Blanks, Christy Boardman, Paul Canaan, Christopher Carl (Sir Dinadin), Michael Gerhart, Tara Lynne Khaler (Morgan Le Fey), Ryan Maylar, Greg Mills, Michael Minarik, Diane Phelan (Nimue), Abe Reynold (Sir Sagramore), Larissa Shukis, Daniel Spiotta, Matt Stokes (Sir Lionel), Jeff Stone, Catherine Walker, Jennifer Hope Wills and Matthew Karl Yoder.

The production, which features set designs by Michael Anania, runs through May 18 under the direction of Robert Johanson, Paper Mill’s former artistic director. The creative team also comprises Tom Helm (musical direction), Thom Heyer (costume design), F. Mitchell Dana (lighting design), Duncan Robert Edwards and David F. Shapiro (sound design) and Kevin Fredricks (production stage manager).

Brent Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and he recently starred opposite Rachel York in a Reprise! concert of Anything Goes. Barrett's other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun and Candide. He received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light." Barrett can be heard on a studio recording of Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon as well as two solo albums.

Glory Crampton recently played Mina in the North Shore Music Theatre's production of Dracula: A Chamber Musical. She has appeared in several Paper Mill productions, including My Fair Lady, Gigi, Nine, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. She starred in the world premiere of Maury Yeston's Phantom and also appears on that musical's cast recording.

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. Tickets for the Paper Mill Camelot — $30-$67 — are now on sale by calling (973) 376-4343. Paper Mill: State Theatre of New Jersey is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. For more information, go to www.papermill.org.

Matt Bogart and Glory Crampton in <i>Camelot</i>.
Matt Bogart and Glory Crampton in Camelot. (Photo by Jerry Dalia)