Paper Mill's upcoming summer revival of My Fair Lady, which stars Paul Schoeffler as Henry Higgins, isn't the only Lerner and Loewe show expected from the company known as The State Theatre of New Jersey.
Camelot, the L&L musical about King Arthur's struggles, will be staged there in April-May 2003, under the direction of artistic director Robert Johanson, who is also helming My Fair Lady.
Paper Mill scored with a lavish Camelot revival 10 years ago. Come spring 2003, audiences will once again hear "I Loved You Once in Silence," "C'est Moi," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," "If Ever I Would Leave You" and the famed title song.
Following the June 5-July 21 run of My Fair Lady, Paper Mill will continue flirting with the works of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe in summer. The Paper Mill Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory will offer performances by 8-to-18-year-olds in the revue, New Voices 2002: The Magic of Lerner and Loewe, July 26-28.
No casting has been announced for the 2003 Camelot, but My Fair Lady has George S. Irving as Col. Pickering, Ed Dixon as Doolittle, Max Von Essen as Freddy, Phyllis Somerville as Mrs. Higgins. The Eliza has not been announced. Michael Lichtefeld will choreograph. Tom Helm is musical director. Designers are Michael Anania (set), F. Mitchell Dana (lights) and Greg Poplyk (costumes). The expansive physical elements of the show are created in partnership with a handful of other major regional theatres which will mount their own future stagings using the set and costumes.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh previously told Playbill On-Line that he expects his hit London My Fair Lady revival to come Broadway, but not before fall 2003, meaning Paper Mill's mounting may be the last large-scale revival in the New York area for some time.
— By Kenneth Jones