Camelot Broadway Version
Richard Harris (Actor), Meg Bussert (Actor), Marty Callner (Director)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Richard Harris (Actor), Meg Bussert (Actor), Marty Callner (Director) - Camelot Broadway Version - Broadway Musicals DVD - A live-on-stage performance filmed for HBO in 1982, Camelot returns Richard Harris to the role he immortalized on film in 1967. Harris replaced the original King Arthur, Richard Burton, in this revival production as it was on its way to New York's Winter Garden Theatre, which turned out to be Harris' only role on the Broadway stage. Fifteen years later, he's an older and wiser Arthur, a little more world-weary but still with a twinkle in his eye. He's paired with Meg Bussert, whose Guinevere is not as beautiful as Vanessa Redgrave in the film, but a better singer and appropriately younger. Bussert, who was Tony-nominated for her role in Brigadoon the year before, sounds eerily like original Broadway star Julie Andrews at times. Richard Muenz (The Most Happy Fella revival) plays Lancelot, Barrie Ingham plays Pellinore, and Richard Backus is Mordred. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's score is still a great classic, and here two songs cut from the movie are restored, Before I Gaze at You Again and The Seven Deadly Virtues, but inexplicably cut is Then You May Take Me to the Fair. Not surprisingly the production has a more stagebound feel compared to the sumptuous feature film, but it's good to have a more faithful version of the show available on DVD. Experience Camelot?s one brief, shining moment as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it?live on a Broadway stage. Working at the top of his talent, Richard Harris heads an all-star cast in one of Broadway?s wittiest, most literate musicals, filled with memorable tunes. Recorded at New York?s historic Winter Garden Theatre in 1982, this production captures all the immediacy and intimacy of a live performance viewed from the best seat in the house. Idealistic King Arthur longs to create a perfectly principled kingdom, but sees his dream undone by a tragic love triangle involving Queen Guenevere (Meg Bussert) and his best friend Lancelot (Richard Muenz). In this thoroughly engaging Tony?-nominated production, the medieval monarch?s vision?a place where violence is not strength, and compassion is not weakness?speaks to our time and for all time. Recommended for family viewing by the National Education Association. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE original Broadway PLAYBILL? (DVD-ROM) and bios of Lerner and Loewe and Richard Harris. In 1982, this television production of Lerner and Loewe's musical was considered by many critics to be the finest stage-to-TV transfer of a live Broadway performance. Now, 25 years later, it still is. The folks at HBO joined with the producers of the Broadway revival and videovideod the show with loving care, and their love is evident in every frame. The visual presentation and sound quality were light years ahead of most other such offerings, and it was shot and edited to perfection. This is probably the best production of Camelot I've ever seen, from then to now, with a crack cast, superior production, tremendous arrangements (do yourself a favor, and choose this version over the far inferior movie.). Harris was always a fine, fine Arthur, and here on stage he shines. Richard Muenz's Lancelot is probably the best ever, and Meg Bussert's Guenevere is lighthearted and airy with a stunning voice.
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