Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"Camelot," a musical based on the Arthurian legend, reunited most of the creative talent that produced "My Fair Lady," including lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and leading lady Julie Andrews. Lerner had once again found a story that conformed to his favorite theme, a romantic triangle involving an older man, a younger woman, and an ardent suitor. As with "My Fair Lady" and his and Loewe's recent movie musical Gigi, the older man was played by a distinguished actor not known for his singing, in this case Richard Burton, who was making his musical comedy debut. Loewe wrote some melodies of limited range for Burton, but he proved to be a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"Camelot," a musical based on the Arthurian legend, reunited most of the creative talent that produced "My Fair Lady," including lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and leading lady Julie Andrews. Lerner had once again found a story that conformed to his favorite theme, a romantic triangle involving an older man, a younger woman, and an ardent suitor. As with "My Fair Lady" and his and Loewe's recent movie musical Gigi, the older man was played by a distinguished actor not known for his singing, in this case Richard Burton, who was making his musical comedy debut. Loewe wrote some melodies of limited range for Burton, but he proved to be a much more accomplished singer than his predecessors, Rex Harrison and Louis Jourdan, and certainly Harrison's equal in his articulation and phrasing of the English language. This made his performances of such songs as "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight" and the title song delights. Andrews brought her own beautiful English pronunciations and pure singing to light songs like "The Lusty Month of May" and "Then You May Take Me to the Fair," but she didn't really have a big number. Robert Goulet, making his Broadway debut, did, the show's standout song, "If Ever I Would Leave You," and he wrapped his powerful baritone voice around it. His was a career-making performance. Critics naturally compared "Camelot" with "My Fair Lady" and often found it wanting. The criticisms had more to do with the stage production than the score, but it too is not up to the standards of the earlier work. In particular, it often seems that Lerner intends the lyrics to be funnier than they come across as delivered. For example, Goulet as Sir Lancelot is introduced with "C'Est Moi," a boastful song that might have made him more ridiculous than he should be, if the words weren't swamped by Loewe's music. And songs like "The Lusty Month of May" and "Then You May Take Me to the Fair" recall similar and more impressive efforts by earlier Broadway lyricists such as Oscar Hammerstein II ("June Is Bustin' Out All Over") and Lorenz Hart ("To Keep My Love Alive"), respectively. But the performers sell the songs effectively, particularly by the end, when Burton's melancholy reading of the reprise to the title song, with its evocation of "one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot," moistens the eyes of every listener. [Camelot was also released with a bonus track, a reprise of "Camelot Finale."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886975619825
  • Catalog Number: 756198
  • Sales rank: 3,367

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Goulet Vocals
Larry Mitchell Vocals
Julie Andrews Vocals
Roddy McDowall Vocals
Richard Burton Vocals
Dorothy White Vocals
Mary Sue Berry Vocals
John Cullum Vocals
Paul Richards Vocals
Frank Bouley Vocals
Jack Dabdoub Vocals
Michael Kermoyan Vocals
John Taliaferro Vocals
Bruce Yarnell Vocals
Virginia Allen Vocals
Robert Coote Vocals
Christina Gillespie Vocals
Mary Sue Barry Vocals
James Gannon Vocals
Sheila Swenson Vocals
Donald Maloof Vocals
Benita James Vocals
John Starkweather Vocals
Leland Mayforth Vocals
Murray Goldkind Vocals
Marnell Bruce Vocals
Larry Mitchell Vocals
Warren Hays Vocals
Michael Clark-Laurence Vocals
Richard Kuch Vocals
Joan August Vocals
Judy Hastings Vocals
Me'l Dowd Vocals
Leesa Troy Vocals
Marjorie Smith Vocals
Paul Huddleston Vocals
Peter de Vise Vocals
Camelot Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Robert Daniel Goulet Vocals
Marnell Bruce Vocals
Leesa Troy Vocals
Judy Hastings Vocals
John Starkweather Vocals
James Gannon Vocals
Frank Bouley Vocals
Donald Maloof Vocals
Christina Gillespie Vocals
Warren Hays Vocals
Sheila Swenson Vocals
Roddy McDowall Vocals
Richard Kuch Vocals
Peter De Vise Vocals
Paul Huddleston Vocals
Murray Goldkind Vocals
Michael Clark-Laurence Vocals
Me'l Dowd Vocals
Benita James Vocals
Paul Richards Vocals
Michael Kermoyan Vocals
Dorothy White Vocals
Joan August Vocals
Technical Credits
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Franz Allers Music Direction
Bud Graham Engineer
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist, Book
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Marc Kirkeby Liner Notes
Gary Schultz Reissue Producer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Trude Rittman Choir Arrangement, Dance Arrangement
Buddy Graham Engineer
Mark Kirkeby Liner Notes
Gary Schultz Reissue Producer
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