But in the process, Lancelot has been forced to kill some of the other knights, leaving the survivors vowing revenge. For the sake of his own honor and that of Camelot, Arthur must now wage war against Lancelot. Mordred has taken up his own army against Arthur, back in England. The war takes a terrible toll on Camelot, as more than half of the Knights of the Round Table are killed. Before the final battle, Arthur meets Lancelot and Guenevere.
Lancelot and Guenevere's relationship has floundered, doubtless because of their guilty consciences. Guenevere has become a nun, and the Round Table is now broken. They offer to face up to justice in England, but Arthur will not see Guenevere burned or Lancelot beheaded. He forgives them both, and they depart separately. That night in camp, Arthur meets a young stowaway named Tom of Warwick, who has come to join the Round Table.
His speech reminds Arthur of the idealism and hope that he had as a young king, and inspires him. Arthur knights Tom, and sends him back to England to grow up there, that he might pass on to future generations the ideals of chivalry and Camelot "Camelot" reprise.
Camelot opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on December 3, , and closed on January 5, , after performances and 2 previews. It won four Tony Awards. The original cast album was America's top-selling mono LP record for 6 weeks.
A two-year U. Truscott would later work on the film adaptation. The production, by the J. Williamson company, ran for two years.
It played for performances. The New York critics' reviews of the original production were mixed to positive. Camelot features a score rich in English country-tune charm by Mr. Loewe [ sic : Lerner wrote the lyrics], never fail to dazzle with their virtuosity and wit.
It's a good story, but Lerner's book is talky and dense, filled with pontificating soliloquies that would have been more powerfully contained in song. Moreover, while the entire show rushes towards a bloody climax The score, though, is pure magic. The original Broadway production featured the following cast:  . Source: IBDB . Sort order. Start your review of Camelot. Jan 07, Eric rated it liked it. I had somehow lived 57 years of a relatively theater-soaked life never having seen a production of this musical.
From what I had gathered based on seeing isolated scenes, I thought it was a droll take on chivalry and heroism. Reading it now, preparing to play Pellinore, I'm surprised at what a grim story it really is.
The theme is that golden ages of civilization are rare, brief, and fragile. That they're an aberration of humanity, not something we move closer and closer toward as the ages pass. The good always ends. Yeats wrote: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
We can't really hope for lasting civilization. Just brief, shining moments of it. And we must marvel that it ever happens at all, and commemorate it when it does. JFK's presidency was associated with Camelot, and like Camelot, it only flickered briefly and ended in violence.
In Camelot, a charismatic figure, Mordred, shows up, who plays to people's fears and prejudices and scoffs at all the civilized virtues. And now, in the Age of Trump, civilization seems to be falling apart once again, with people reverting to ignorance, vengeance, and savagery. So let's remember the good times, such as they were, and have our children tell stories about the olden days when things didn't absolutely suck. Mar 27, Erik Graff rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: romantics, students of the Matter of Britain.
Shelves: art. In I took Chicago Public Transit downtown with friends to see the filmed version. In my girlfriend and I went to see the revival, one of Burton's last performances, at the McCormick Place Theatre.
In the meantime, inspired by White's book, I got into the Matter of Britain as an intellectual hobby, reading Tennyson, Chretian, Wolfram, Malory, Weston and many other books on the subject. Like the vampire legends, Arthur and the Grail have proved inexaustible. Jan 03, Beth E rated it liked it. I haven't actually seen this musical, but I want to, especially because Julie Andrews.
I enjoyed reading it. Jack Howells. Joseph L. Anthony Asquith. Cy Endfield. Peter Glenville. John Huston. Clive Donner. Vincente Minnelli. Martin Ritt. Mike Nichols. Franco Zeffirelli. Richard Burton , Nevill Coghill. Joseph Losey.
Brian G. Christian Marquand. Stanley Donen. Charles Jarrott. Henry Hathaway. Michael Tuchner. Andrew Sinclair. Peter Ustinov. Edward Dmytryk. George P. Vittorio De Sica. Terence Young. John Boorman. Sidney Lumet. Jack Gold. Andrew V. It comes in a standard clear jewel case. Includes previously unreleased material. For this remastering, Super Bit Mapping technology was used to maximize sound quality.
Jewel case: VG-EX. Some light scuffing through normal handling. Original stickers present on front of case. Avid collectors may want to seek out the original vinyl LP edition; look for a laminated, blue-and-gold, gatefold album loaded with stunning color photos that give it a lavish storybook quality. You may even find that a copy of the LP in good condition sounds more expansive and warmer than subsequent compact discs editions of the recording.
As King Arthur, Laurence Harvey has a resonant voice, and his classical training and romantic appeal are evident. If only for that reason, it may be of interest to collectors.Alan Jay Lerner*, Frederick Loewe / Julie Andrews, Richard Burton (2) Alan Jay Lerner*, Frederick Loewe / Julie Andrews, Richard Burton (2) - Camelot (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Columbia Masterworks: KOL Canada: Unknown: Sell This Version/5.