"Follow Me": Philharmonic's Camelot, with Kudisch, Mazzie, Byrne and Gunn, Begins

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07 May 2008

Gabriel Byrne and Marin Mazzie.
Gabriel Byrne and Marin Mazzie.
Photo by Chris Lee
The New York Philharmonic's starry production of Lerner & Loewe's classic musical Camelot begins performances at Avery Fisher Hall May 7.

Directed by Lonny Price (A Class Act, 110 in the Shade) with choreography by Josh Prince, the semi-staged performances boast the talents of Gabriel Byrne as King Arthur, Marin Mazzie as Guenevere, Stacy Keach as Merlyn, Christopher Lloyd as Pellinore, Marc Kudisch as Lionel, Christopher Sieber as Dinadan, Will Swenson as Sagramore, Nathan Gunn as Lancelot, Bobby Steggert as Mordred, Fran Drescher as Morgan le Fey, Erin Morley as Nimue, Justin Stein as A Page, Weston Wells Olson as Squire Dap, Jane Brockman as Lady Anne and Rishi Mutalik as Tom of Warwick.

The ensemble comprises Joel Abels, Derin Altay, Terence Archie, Maxime de Toledo, Ryan Thomas Dunn, Ivan Hernandez, Sydney James, Catherine Cheng Jones, Catherine LaValle, Valisia Lekae, Amy Mahoney, Frank Mastrone, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Paolo Montalban, Devin Richards, Brian Charles Rooney, Idara Victor, Alison Walla and Besty Wolfe.

The dancers include Kristine Bendul, Kathryn Eleni Fraggos, Nick Kepley, Sabra Lewis, Michael Mindlin, Denny Paschall, Jermaine Rembert, Krista Saab, Michael Scirrotto and Alison Soloman.

Paul Gemignani conducts the famed orchestra. Thomas Z. Shepard produces the limited engagement, which runs through May 10.



In Camelot, according to Philharmonic notes, "idealistic King Arthur longs to create a perfectly principled kingdom, but sees his dream undone by a tragic love triangle involving Queen Guenevere and his best friend Lancelot. In this thoroughly engaging production, the medieval monarch's vision — a place where 'violence is not strength, and compassion is not weakness' — speaks to our time and for all time."

The production also features scenic design by James Noone, costume design by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Paul Miller and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald.

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.

Show times are May 7-8 at 7:30 PM, May 9 at 8 PM and May 10 at 2 and 8 PM. PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" series will broadcast the May 8 performance, which is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET.

Tickets for Camelot, priced $65-$225, are available by visiting www.nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656. The Avery Fisher Hall box office is located within Lincoln Center at Broadway at 65th Street.

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The May 7 performance, the New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala, includes a black-tie, pre-concert reception, the concert and a post-concert dinner with the artists. For information contact Eve Helfstein at helfsteine@nyphil.org or (212) 875-5757.