Kennedy Center's Camelot in Concert Will Feature Laura Michelle Kelly, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ryan Silverman, Josh Grisetti, Tony Sheldon
By Andrew Gans
For its 22nd annual Spring Gala, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will salute the more-than 13-year tenure of Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser with Camelot in Concert May 4 at 8 PM in the Concert Hall.
Adapted, directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the concert staging will be accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by music director James Moore.
The cast will feature Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Guenevere, Brian Stokes Mitchell as King Arthur, Ryan Silverman as Lancelot, Josh Grisetti as Mordred and Tony Sheldon as Pellinore and Merlyn.
The famed 1960 musical features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe. With this concert, Camelot makes its Kennedy Center debut.
Camelot is based on the 1958 T. H. White novel "The Once and Future King." It was directed and staged by Moss Hart and opened at the Majestic Theatre Dec. 3, 1960, where it ran for 873 performances. It starred Julie Andrews as Guenevere, Richard Burton as King Arthur and Robert Goulet as Lancelot, winning four Tony Awards in 1961.
Since arriving in 2001, Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser has expanded the educational and artistic programming for the nation’s center for the performing arts, has overseen a major renovation effort of most of the Center’s theatres, and has led the country in arts management training.
The annual gala provides funding to support the Center’s performances, education programs and outreach initiatives.
Concert-only tickets start at $45 and go on sale to the general public Feb. 12. Tickets may be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600; patrons living outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan calling area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or visit kennedy-center.org. To inquire about Spring Gala VIP packages and other events surrounding this performance, e-mail email@example.com or call (202) 416-8338 for additional information.
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