Matt Bogart Will Joust as Lance in Camelot Tour This Fall

News   Matt Bogart Will Joust as Lance in Camelot Tour This Fall
Matt Bogart, the Miss Saigon veteran who is currently dreaming of a surrey with a fringe on top in Pittsburgh CLO's Oklahoma!, will take over the role of Lancelot in the national tour of Camelot.
Matt Bogart
Matt Bogart

He'll play the knight of the round table beginning Sept. 11, according to his official website. As previously reported, his King Arthur is Lou Diamond Phillips (taking the place of Michael York in the current tour).

Lancelot was created by James Barbour in the new Glenn Casale-directed revival, which continues on tour with Rachel York playing Guenevere. could not immediately confirm additional casting that Bogart revealed on his site: Rachel deBenedet as Guenevere and Shannon Stoeke continuing as Mordred.

Bogart also appeared in Broadway's Aida, The Civil War and Smokey Joe's Café. He played Lancelot in an Arena Stage revival of Camelot, among many other roles in regional theatres.

The show's late 2007 schedule includes bookings in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Louisville. Visit for the Camelot tour schedule.


Lou Diamond Phillips will assume the throne of the national touring production of the Lerner and Loewe musical with the Los Angeles engagement, Sept. 11-23 at Royce Hall at UCLA.

McCoy Rigby Entertainment and Liza Lerner announced May 14 that the film, television and Broadway star known for "La Bamba" and the most recent Broadway production of The King and I (for which he was Tony Award-nominated) will join Camelot.

Phillips' film credits include "Stand and Deliver," "Young Guns," "Young Guns II" and "Courage Under Fire."

Born in the Philippines and raised in Texas, Phillips is the son of a naval engineer and is the father of three daughters. According to his bio, he is of Filipino, Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, Scottish Irish and Cherokee Indian ancestry, and that has played a factor in some of his leading roles. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in theatre from the University of Texas at Arlington and has performed extensively at Stage West and Casa Manana in Fort Worth.


This new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved musical dawned Jan. 12 in California, with a reorganized book and score, and Michael York, Rachel York and James Barbour as the plot's famed love triangle.

It launched at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. This is not your grandfather's Camelot. Despite the show's reputation for hit songs, its link to the Kennedy administration, and the warm memory of its exposure on "The Ed Sullivan Show," Camelot was a famously troubled musical that many consider a puzzle yet to be solved.

Camelot's critics over the years have said it has too many ballads, a weak second act, too much "telling" and not enough "showing." Casale and company are addressing those issues and more, he told, but aren't seeking to fix what isn't broken: Namely, the love story at the center and how the personal lives of leaders collide with their political lives.

Casale calls the Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot triangle one of the great love stories in western literature.

After La Mirada, the official launch of the was Jan. 30 in San Jose, CA.

Camelot had a rocky pre-Broadway test run 47 years ago. Director Moss Hart had a massive heart attack before the show was fully crafted, and lyricist-librettist Alan Jay Lerner took over the direction.

"The first act has so much good storytelling, [but] you've got to marry that second act to that first act, which I don't think they really completed," Casale said.

Changes were so rampant in 1960-61 that the original cast album (featuring Tony nominee Julie Andrews, Tony Award winner Richard Burton and Robert Goulet) doesn't accurately represent what was heard on Broadway.

Lerner's son, Michael Lerner, is now providing additional material for the current revival, which draws on the property's various scripts from over the years — including the original, the first London version and later drafts that Lerner tweaked for tours that starred Burton and Richard Harris.

Among the new production's producers are Lerner's daughter, Liza Lerner, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Nederlander Organization, Live Nation, and Waxman Williams Entertainment.

The 1960 musical is based on T.H. White's King Arthur novel, "The Once and Future King." A section of the book deals with the challenge of building a civil, ideal society — and seeing it crumble when its leaders break rules.

Casale told that Act Two is now radically different than before. "The storytelling in the second act was unclear, and not strong," he said of the earlier versions. "There was no climax, and there's no final number. We tried to build a final number, and use that song ['Guenevere'] to thread it through: You see her go to trial, and you see her being taken to the pyre, and you see Arthur in the tower wondering what to do."

There is a modern visual sweep to the staging now, Casale said. Theatregoers can expect moving towers and more fluid visuals.


As previously announced, the Camelot creative team also includes choreographer Dan Mojica, set designer John Iacovelli, prop designer Aaron King, sound designer Julie Ferrin, lighting designer Tom Ruzika and musical director Craig Barna. Casale, Barna and Iacovelli were among those responsible for breathing new life into Peter Pan in the last decade.

The cast also includes Shannon Stoeke (Mordred), Time Winters (Pellinore), Eric Anderson (Merlyn), Tavis Danz (Young Arthur), Stuart Ambrose, Daniel Guzman, Robert J. Townsend, Alan M-L Wager, Shannon Warne, Sandi DeGeorge, Sandy Hawker, Monica Louwerens, Megan Bayha, Suzanne Carlton, Joanna Louise, Leah Seminario, Grant Rosen, John B. Williford, Vincent Zamora, Venny Caranza, Jill Townsend and Joseph Sark.


Camelot was propelled to success partly on the reputation of composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist-librettist Alan Jay Lerner (whose previous hit was My Fair Lady), partly because it got solid play on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and partly because of its stars — Julie Andrews as Guenevere and Richard Burton as Arthur.

It ran 873 performances on Broadway. Touring revivals have popped up over the years, starring the Arthurs of Burton, then Richard Harris, then Robert Goulet (who graduated to Arthur after originating Lancelot in 1960).

The title song about an idealized realm became associated with the John F. Kennedy administration. Kennedy was a fan of the score, his widow said.

The score — charting political and personal passions of Arthur, his Queen and their loves and enemies — includes "Follow Me," "How to Handle a Woman," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," "C'est Moi," "Guenevere," "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight," and "Before I Gaze at You Again."

The legend of King Arthur is a fictional, ancient account of the start of the democratic ideas in a woolly and barbaric England.

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