Gilfry, Hearn and McNair Enter the World of Camelot June 5 in Illinois

News   Gilfry, Hearn and McNair Enter the World of Camelot June 5 in Illinois A June 5 staged concert performance of the classic Lerner and Lowe musical Camelot kicks off the 2009 season at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.
George Hearn
George Hearn

The evening boasts the talents of Tony Award winner George Hearn as King Arthur, Sylvia McNair as Guinevere, Rod Gilfry as Lancelot, Steve Calzaretta as Dap/Sir Sagramore, Rob Hunt as Sir Lionel/Ensemble, David Lively as Merlin/Pellinore, Susan Moniz as Nimue/Ensemble, Max Quinlan as Mordrid/Ensemble, Summer Smart as Tom/Ensemble and George Wolff as Sir Dinadan/Ensemble. Show time is 8 PM.

Marc Robin directs with Paul Gemignani leading the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

In a previous statement Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman said, "Opening the Ravinia 2009 season with Camelot feels just right at this time for so very many reasons, mainly because it is one of the most beautiful and lush music theater scores of all, and because, as with The Most Happy Fella, we have an opportunity to once again showcase one of our great musical stars, George Hearn, this time in his first portrayal of King Arthur. And of course, like The Most Happy Fella, Camelot is a marvelous love triangle between different generations."

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 Ravinia creative team also includes Buddy Reeder, assistant director; Doug Peck, assistant musical director; Diane Ferry Williams, lighting designer; and Kristi J. Martens, production stage manager. The 1960 musical, according to press notes, "focuses on the love triangle between the legendary liege, his lady Guenevere and Sir Lancelot."

Tickets are available by visiting www.ravinia.org.