Be magically transported to “Camelot” for happily-ever-aftering at the New Repertory. CAMELOT runs through December 22, 2013 at the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.
From the romantic “If Ever I Would Leave You,” to the hilarious “C’est Moi,” the Lerner and Loewe musical, (that followed their blockbuster “My Fair Lady”) is worth the trip. Although Richard Burton and Robert Goulet are gone, their memory lives on through Benjamin Evett and Marc Koeck who revive King Arthur and Sir Lancelot admirably.
I am aware that the comparison to the original production on Broadway is a foolhardy exercise. That said, they do a noble job hitting all the emotional and funny guideposts.
Once again Erica Spyres shines through, illuminating the play with her character Guenevere. Before our eyes, she changes from a young girl to a mature queen. Her voice is as clear as a bell with nuances that defy any Broadway diva. The violin, that I first heard her play in Sondheim’s “Marry Me A Little“ at the New Rep, has a brief and shining moment here as well, relevant or not.
The villain Mordred, played his role to perfection without overacting, which is a common mistake. Bravo to John Traub set designer who transformed a small stage into a kingdom.
If there was one thing that I would have changed up, it was the “orchestra.” From their overture to the finale, they never got their act together.
This revival will revive your love of musicals where you leave singing.
So get your tickets and check out the interesting Talk Back sessions.
WHERE: NEWrep in WATERTOWN
WHEN: Now through December 22, 2013