Camelot Benefit Concert, With Jeremy Irons, Melissa Errico, James Barbour, Plays the Shubert June 6

By Andrew Gans
06 Jun 2011

Melissa Errico
Melissa Errico

Melissa Errico and James Barbour, who played Guenevere and Lancelot, respectively, in the Hollywood Bowl's summer 2005 production of Camelot, return to those roles for the Irish Repertory Theatre's benefit concert of the Lerner and Loewe musical June 6 at 7 PM at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.

The concert of the classic musical about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is directed by Charlotte Moore with musical direction by Mark Hartman.

The cast also boasts Academy Award and Tony Award winner Jeremy Irons in the role of King Arthur with Dewey Caddell, Jacob Clemente, Rory Duffy, Josh Grisetti, Christopher Lynn, Victoria Mallory, Brian Murray, Ciarán Sheehan, James A. Stephens and KT Sullivan. Ciarán O'Reilly narrates.

Accompanied by a full orchestra, the chorus includes Michael A. Alden, Anthony Aloise, Sean Bell, Jason Blaine, Dayna Bowers, Bill Brooks, Susan Burcham, Sean Casserly, Matt Castle, Kerry Conte, Sarah Cooney, Dashira Cortes, Mike Cruz, Dan Debenport, Scott Denny, Natalie Douglas, Beth Eunice, Katie Fabel, Bonnie Fraser, Frank Galgano, Stephanie Granade, Rita Harvey, Robyn Elizabeth Lee, AJ Irvin, Danny Katz, Matt Leahy, David Levinson, Harold Lewter, John Anthony Lopez, Michael Jennings Mahoney, Alyssa Malgeri, Gregory McDonald, Helen McTernan, Brian J. Nash, Mary Orzano, Georga Osborne, Marcie Passley, Robyn Payne, Lisa Riegel, Shanna Sharp, Becca Shimkin, Emily Skeggs, Sami Skow, Ryan Speakman, Tom Stajmiger, Laura Beth Wells, Kevin B. Winebold, Darryl Winslow and Jennifer Wren.



Camelot — featuring music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner — originally opened at Broadway's Majestic Theatre in December 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," "C'est Moi," "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."

Jeremy Irons won a Tony Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of The Real Thing. The English actor also won Academy and Golden Globe awards for his work in the 1990 film "Reversal of Fortune." Irons was also Golden-Globe nominated for "The Mission" and "Brideshead Revisited." Among his London stage credits are Embers and The Rover.

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 maureen@irishrep.org. Individual tickets to the performance only run $100-$300; call (212) 727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.