Pittsburgh Public's Camelot Will Star Hayden Tee, Kimberly Burns, Keith Hines

News   Pittsburgh Public's Camelot Will Star Hayden Tee, Kimberly Burns, Keith Hines
New Zealand native Hayden Tee, a star in Australia, will play King Arthur in the new Pittsburgh Public Theater production of Camelot, directed by producing artistic director Ted Pappas. Performances will play Jan. 20-Feb. 20, 2011.

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, Briagdoon).

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 will be Kimberly Burns, whose credits include leading roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Pirates of Penzance. Also featured in the cast of 22 will be 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 will be shared by Joshua Brelsford and Dustin Butoryak.

The orchestra will perform 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. 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.

Camelot will play 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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