Tony Award-winning actor Robert Sean Leonard will star as King Arthur in a “reimagined” production of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical Camelot in the 86th season of the venerable Connecticut theatre, the Westport Country Playhouse, October 4-30.
Leonard, best known from the TV series House and the movie Dead Poets Society, starred on Broadway in The Invention of Love (Tony Award) and the 2003 revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony nomination) and other shows.
Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos will direct what is being described as a reimagined version of the classic 1960 musical, with Lerner’s book adapted by David Lee. The show tells the story of how King Arthur's dream for a round table of noble knights working for the good of the kingdom is threatened when his queen, Guenevere, falls in love with one of the knights, Sir Lancelot. The three primary roles were originated on Broadway by Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. Casting for the other two roles at Westport has not yet been announced. The score contains several standards, notably “If Ever I Would Leave You.”
Leonard recently appeared onstage as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird in London. Other Broadway appearances include Born Yesterday, The Violet Hour, The Music Man, The Iceman Cometh, Arcadia, Candida (Tony nomination), Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Speed of Darkness, Breaking the Code and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
Born in New Jersey, Leonard began acting at age 14 at The Public Theater in New York. At 19, he made his film debut in Dead Poets Society. His film credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Age of Innocence, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Swing Kids, Tape, Chelsea Walls and The Last Days of Disco. He appeared for eight seasons on the Fox medical drama House.
Camelot production sponsors are Howard J. Aibel, Czekaj Artistic Productions and Barbara and John Samuelson. Production partners are Carol and Peter Seldin.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit Westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at (888) 927-7529. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.
Here is a clip of Leonard in the Broadway revival of Born Yesterday: