The benefit concert of the classic musical about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table will be held June 6 at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway.
In June 2010 Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick hosted the Irish Rep's starry benefit concert of the 1947 musical Brigadoon, also at the Shubert. Errico also starred in that benefit evening. "It's to benefit Irish Rep again like last year … That was a blast last year, a night to remember," Errico recently told Playbill.com. "I have no idea which fairies descended on that theatre. This year will hopefully be as memorable."
Charlotte Moore will direct the upcoming Camelot benefit concert with musical direction by Mark Hartman. Additional casting will be announced shortly. The evening will feature a full orchestra and a chorus of 50.
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.
Melissa Errico, most recently seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, began her professional career portraying Cosette in Les Misérables, and she followed with leading Broadway roles in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour (Tony nomination) and Dracula, plus roles in the City Center Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus. She appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and her recent Off-Broadway credits include Candida (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play), Finian's Rainbow and Aunt Dan and Lemon. She also starred in the Hollywood Bowl presentations of Camelot and The Sound of Music. Errico's debut solo recording was titled "Blue Like That"; her new recording is titled "Lullabies and Wildflowers." For more information visit www.melissaerrico.com. James Barbour was most recently seen as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. His other Broadway credits include Assassins, Urinetown, Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel and Cyrano—The Musical. He has appeared in such films as "Eight Crazy Nights" and has guest-starred on such television shows as "Sex and the City" and "Ed."
Irish Repertory's 2011 Gala benefit performance of Camelot plays June 6 at 7 PM at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street), followed by dinner at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street). For Dinner and Theatre Packages, contact Maureen Cavanaugh at (212) 255-0270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets to the performance only run $100-$300; call (212) 727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.