Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Track]

Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording] [Bonus Track]

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"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… See more details below

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"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:
10/06/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886975619825
catalogNumber:
756198
Rank:
5398

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture
  2. Act 1. March (Parade)
  3. Act 1. I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight
  4. Act 1. The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood
  5. Act 1. Camelot
  6. Act 1. Follow Me
  7. Act 1. C'est Moi
  8. Act 1. The Lusty Month Of May
  9. Act 1. Then You May Take Me To The Fair
  10. Act 1. How To Handle A Woman
  11. Act 1. Before I Gaze At You Again
  12. Act 2. If Ever I Would Leave You
  13. Act 2. The Seven Deadly Virtues
  14. Act 2. What Do The Simple Folk Do?
  15. Act 2. Fie On Goodness
  16. Act 2. I Loved You Once In Silence
  17. Act 2. Guenevere
  18. Act 2. Finale. Camelot (Reprise)

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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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