It's May, it's May! And the cast of the Broadway revival of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot has been gearing up for the release of their official Broadway cast album June 2. Go inside the studio with stars Andrew Burnap, Phillipa Soo, and Jordan Donica with the video above—and hear a snippet of Donica singing "If Ever I Would Leave You."
The new version of the Golden Age musical notably features a 30-piece orchestra, which was fully present in the recording studio for each and every track. "It feels incredibly special and so lucky that every night we get to do this show with a 30-piece orchestra," says Soo in the clip, which is followed by co-star Taylor Trensch noting: "[it's] the biggest on Broadway!"
Bartlett Sher helms the Lincoln Center Theater revival, which opened on at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 13. It features a new book by To Kill a Mockingbird playwright Aaron Sorkin, based on Lerner's original. The classic King Arthur tale is based on the novel The Once and Future King by T.H. White, set to the classic score with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.
The cast is led by Andrew Burnap as Arthur, Phillipa Soo as Guenevere, and Jordan Donica as Lancelot Du Lac, joined by Dakin Matthews as Merlyn/Pellinore, Taylor Trensch as Mordred, Marilee Talkington as Morgan Le Fey, Anthony Michael Lopez as Sir Dinadan, Fergie Philippe as Sir Sagramore, Camden McKinnon as Tom of Warwick, and Danny Wolohan as Sir Lionel.
The ensemble includes Delphi Borich, Matías De La Flor, Sola Fadiran, Rachel Fairbanks, Nkrumah Gatling, Christian Mark Gibbs, Holly Gould, Edwin Joseph, Monte Greene, Edwin Joseph, Tesia Kwarteng, James Romney, Ann Sanders, Britney Nicole Simpson, Philip Stoddard, Valerie Torres-Rosario, Frank Viveros, and Paul Whitty.
Camelot's 30-piece orchestra is conducted by music director Kimberly Grigsby, performing the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang and the original dance and choral arrangements by Trude Rittman.
Sher leads a creative team that also includes choreographer Byron Easley, set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, hair and wig designer Cookie Jordan, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, and sound designers Marc Salzberg and Beth Lake, with projections by 59 Productions. Casting is by The Telsey Office's Adam Caldwell. B.H. Barry will serve as fight director, and Kate Wilson is the voice and dialect coach. Charles Means serves as production stage manager.
Camelot originally opened in 1960 starring Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, and Robert Goulet in the famous love triangle at the center of the story. The Lincoln Center Theater production is the fifth revival of the work.