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Original Broadway Album
Original 1961 album liner notes
I WONDER WHAT THE KING IS DOING TONIGHT
THE SIMPLE JOYS OF MAIDENHOOD
Mary Sue Berry
THE LUSTY MONTH OF MAY
Julie Andrews, Ensemble
THEN YOU MAY TAKE ME TO THE FAIR
Julie Andrews, Bruce Yarnell, James Gannon, John Cullum
HOW TO HANDLE A WOMAN
IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU
BEFORE I GAZE AT YOU AGAIN
THE SEVEN DEADLY VIRTUES
WHAT DO THE SIMPLE FOLK DO?
Richard Burton, Julie Andrews
FIE ON GOODNESS!
I LOVED YOU ONCE IN SILENCE
SINGERS: Joan August, Mary Sue Berry, Marnell Bruce, Judy Hastings, Benita James, Marjorie Smith, Sheila Swenson, Leesa Troy, Dorothy White, Frank Bouley, John Cullum, Jack Dabdoub, James Gannon, Murray Goldkind, Warren Hays, Paul Huddleston, Michael Kermoyan, Donald Maloof, Larry Mitchell, Paul Richards, John Taliaferro.
DANCERS: Virginia Allen, Judi Allinson, Laurie Archer, Carlene Carroll, Joan Coddington, Katia Geleznova, Adriana Keathley, Dawn Mitchell, Claudia Schroeder, Beti Seay, Jerry Bowers, Peter Deign, Randy Doney, Richard Englund, Richard Gain, Gene GeBauer, James Kirby, Richard Kuch, Joe Nelson, John Starkweather, Jimmy Tarbutton.
Book and Lyrics by ALAN JAY LERNER
Music by FREDERICK LOEWE
CAMELOT opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on December 3, 1960, after engagements in Toronto, Canada, and Boston.
CAMELOT is Broadway’s newest legend. Glowing with melody, glittering with wit, fabulously beautiful, Camelot was written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and stars Richard Burton and Julie Andrews at the head of a brilliantly distinguished cast.
Mr. Lerner and Mr. Loewe, creators of My Fair Lady as well as Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and the movie Gigi, have conjured up the enchanting world of King Arthur and his Court, basing their work on T.H. White’s beautiful novel, The Once and Future King. Mr. Lerner’s book weaves together two themes: Arthur’s dream of a peaceable world where might serves right, and the ill-fated romance between Queen Guenevere and the young Lancelot. The lyrics which illuminate these themes convey all the romance, the gaiety and the majesty of Camelot.
Frederick Loewe’s score is elegantly melodious, full of colorful rhythms and tender ballads. Avoiding the consciously archaic, Mr. Loewe has filled Camelot with graceful songs that help to establish its magical and stirring atmosphere.
Camelot marks the first theatrical venture for Mr. Lerner and Mr. Loewe since My Fair Lady, one of the greatest musicals of the century and the world’s best-selling record album.
Heading the cast of Camelot are the magnificent English actor Richard Burton, making his musical debut as King Arthur, and the fair Julie Andrews as Queen Guenevere. Lancelot is played by Robert Goulet and the wicked Mordred by Roddy McDowall. Robert Coote appears as King Pellinore, and M’el Dowd is the gluttonous enchantress Morgan le Fey.
Along with Miss Andrews and Mr. Coote, Camelot reunites many of the artists who made My Fair Lady so brilliant a success. Director Moss Hart, choreographer Hanya Holm, scenic designer Oliver Smith, musical arrangers Robert Russell Bennett, Philip J. Lang and Trude Rittman, lighting director Feder and musical director Franz Allers have joined their talents to make Camelot a sumptuous musical play. This recording was produced by Goddard Lieberson, who directed the famous recorded performance of My Fair Lady.
Photo: Milton H. Greene
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