Report: Liam Neeson Camelot Postponed to Fall 2005

News   Report: Liam Neeson Camelot Postponed to Fall 2005
A Broadway revival of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical, Camelot, starring Liam Neeson as King Arthur, is now aiming at a fall 2005 start.

The production was previously reported as in the works for a 2004 start. Variety reported May 9, however, that producer Elizabeth Williams is now looking at fall 2005 as a launch time.

In a possibly related story, The Hollywood Reporter said May 14 that Neeson is in talks to star alongside Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's upcoming film "Breakfast on Pluto."

Edward Hall has been mentioned as director of Camelot, with Paul Bogaev serving as music director.

The story of Camelot follows the legendary love triangle between King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere and the young Lancelot. The classic 1960 show, with book and lyrics by Lerner and music by Loewe, is based on the T. H. White novel "The Once and Future King." Moss Hart was the original show's director.

Neeson made his Broadway debut with the Roundabout Theatre Company in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie, co-starring Natasha Richardson, which garnered the Irish-born actor a Tony Award nomination and led to the couple's marriage. Neeson subsquently appeared on Broadway in The Judas Kiss and The Crucible, taking his second Tony nod for the latter. As a film actor, Neeson has appeared in "Schindler's List," "Nell," "Les Misérables," "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Gangs of New York" and "Love Actually." He is set to star in the upcoming film by "Chicago" screenwriter Bill Condon, titled "Kinsey."

Camelot originally opened at Broadway's Majestic Theatre in Dec. 1960, playing 873 performances before closing Jan. 5, 1963. The original cast included Richard Burton (who won a Tony Award for his turn as Arthur), Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, John Cullum and Roddy McDowall. The score features such songs 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 song.

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