Aaron Sorkin returns to Broadway for the new production of Camelot.
Preview performances are scheduled to begin November 3rd with opening night set for December 8th at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
Casting and design team will be announced at a later date. André Bishop is at the helm as artistic director.
Sorkin, 60, writes the book and is reunited with Bartlett Sher, who directed it Smash hit, Tony-winning “To Kill A Mockingbird” play.
“That was the quickest thing I’ve ever said yes to anything,” said the Oscar and Emmy winner said the Hollywood Reporter. “The chance to work with Bart again, the chance to work on a musical, the chance to work at Lincoln Center, and most of all, the chance to work on material I love, I just couldn’t resist.”
the Creator of “West Wing”. is writing the new screenplay of the play based on the original story by Alan Jay Lerner, who adapted the idea from TH White’s 1958 book The Once and Future King.
Camelot was first staged in 1960 and features an original score by Frederick Loewe. He composed classics from the story like “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “How to Handle a Woman” and “What Do the Simple Folk Do?”.
A 1967 film adaptation hit theaters, returning Harris as Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere, and Franco Nero as Lancelot.
The musical follows the traditional folklore of the characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Lincoln Center had expressed that the story was about “the quest for democracy, the quest for justice, and the tragic struggle between passion and quest, between lovers and kingdoms.”
The first stage production starred legends Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guenevere and Robert Goulet as Lancelot and received four Tony Awards.
A separate 1980 revival starred Burton, Christine Ebersole and Richard Muenz. A year later the cast was replaced with Richard Harris, Meg Bussert and Muenz.
Sorkin also noted to THR that while he hadn’t seen the play, he had read the book multiple times and repeatedly played the cast album.
The “social network” filmmaker wanted to remove any paranormal component from the story. Lincoln Center also previously described the show as “reimagined for the 21st century.”
“The story takes place in a real place at a real time,” he continued. “Arthur cannot turn into a hawk and there is no such thing as an enchanted forest. Even the genesis of the sword in the stone is questioned.”
He also said: “I enjoy writing about heroes who don’t wear capes, and I told Bart I thought there was a powerful version of this story to tell that could give us a glimpse – ‘for a brief shining moment.’ – of who we could best be, but the story had to take place in the real world. Bart looked scared, but he told me to go to work.”
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