Hayden Tee and Kimberly Burns Are King and Queen of Camelot, Starting Jan. 20 in Pittsburgh

News   Hayden Tee and Kimberly Burns Are King and Queen of Camelot, Starting Jan. 20 in Pittsburgh
New Zealand native Hayden Tee, a star in Australia, ascends the throne as King Arthur in the new Pittsburgh Public Theater production of Camelot, directed by producing artistic director Ted Pappas, Jan. 20-Feb. 20.

Hayden Tee
Hayden Tee

The fantastical musical about the knights of the round table and the birth of democracy is based on T.H. White's novel "The Once and Future King," and has a score by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner (Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon).

Tee's credits include South Pacific in Adelaide, Les Miserables in London, Titanic in Sydney and My Fair Lady in Auckland. He also toured the world in the Really Useful Group's production of Cats.

Opposite Tee as Guenevere is Kimberly Burns, who has appeared regionally in leading roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Pirates of Penzance. Also featured in the cast of 22 are Keith Hines as Sir Lancelot, Noble Shropshire as Pellinore, Alex Coleman as Merlyn, Don DiGiulio as Mordred and Daisy Hobbs as Nimue.

The knights and ladies include Dieter Bierbrauer, Gregory Brandt, Mark Campbell, Joe Jackson, Joe Paparella, Matthew Charles Thompson, Theodore Watts, Zanna Fredland, Amanda Frennier, Christina McCann and Sarah Ziegler. The role of Tom is shared by Joshua Brelsford and Dustin Butoryak.

The orchestra is under the musical direction of F. Wade Russo. Camelot's design team is James Noone (scenic), Alejo Vietti (costumes), Kirk Bookman (lighting) and Zach Moore (sound). Ruth E. Kramer is the production stage manager, and Fredric H. Orner is the assistant stage manager.

Kimberly Burns

The famous score includes the title song, "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Follow Me," "The Lusty Month of May," "C'est Moi" and more. Over the years, various productions have offered altered versions of the score (adding the deleted "Then You May Take Me to the Fair," deleting Mordred's "Seven Deadly Virtues," etc.). The original 1960 cast album does not reflect the licensable version of the musical. The original creators, including Moss Hart, made changes to the show during its run.

Pittsburgh Public's producing artistic director Pappas told Playbill.com, "[Our] production is based on the 1980 revival version, starring Richard Burton, which was supervised by Alan Jay Lerner himself. There are no additions to the score, and both 'Then You May Take Me to the Fair' and 'Fie On Goodness' are not included, as per Moss Hart's revisions after the original Broadway opening. This is a classic revival of the show, staying true to the wishes of both Messrs. Lerner and Loewe. As in the original 1960 version, all the starring roles in the Pittsburgh Public production are played by young actors in their twenties and early thirties. It's a fabulous and deeply moving musical."

Camelot plays PPT's O'Reilly Theater in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For tickets and information, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.

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