CAMELOT SHINES AT WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATREPublished: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:00 am By: Barbara Solomon Josselsohn Source: All About Armonk
The mythical city of Camelot existed for just one brief shining moment, according to lyrics from the classic Broadway musical of that name; but luckily for local theatergoers, there are plenty of moments left to see Westchester Broadway Theater’s (WBT) production of Camelot, which shines with talent and an abundance of charm.
Camelot tells the story of the legendary King Arthur, an unlikely ruler who splendidly led his kingdom through a period of peace and prosperity, only to be betrayed by those closest to him. The Lerner-and-Lowe musical, which debuted in 1960, continues to move audiences with its depiction of an Eden-like city’s fleeting existence, and its themes of human frailty and the potential for redemption.
But poignant themes aside, Camelot is known mostly for its music, from the wistful title song to the lovely ballads of How to Handle a Woman, and If Ever I Would Leave You to the playful show tunes of The Lusty Month of May, and What Do the Simple Folk Do? And throughout all the musical numbers, the WBT production never falters. Jeremiah James is a handsome and charismatic Lancelot, with a singing voice that’s rich and powerful. Jennifer Hope Wills is a fetching Guenevere, with a voice that’s so lovely, it comes as no surprise that she spent four years on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.
Clark Scott Carmichael, whose impressive resume includes stage, film and TV credits, is a fine King Arthur, transitioning movingly from a naïve youth to a wise and sad but still hopeful adult. And Martin Van Treuren, in the role of the bumbling King Pellinore, is so irresistible; it’s hard not to be disappointed whenever he exits the stage.
All in all, WBT’s Camelot is a winner, with plenty of personality and just the right mix of humor and sentiment. Don’t miss its shining moment here in Westchester.
Camelot runs through April 5. For more information call the box office at 914-592-222 or visit www.BroadwayTheatre.com.