There's just something about a singing and dancing King Arthur that gets audiences every time. The recent Broadway hit "Spamalot" is a testament to that fact, but for those whose memories stretch a little farther back, the prime example is Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot."
The original 1960 production featured Richard Burton and Julie Andrews as Arthur and Guenevere -- as well as Robert Goulet, who died earlier this week, as Sir Lancelot. The show became an instant classic and a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. It was then a popular film in 1967 and came back a handful of times in different forms on Broadway and regional stages. Its latest incarnation, a national tour with aspirations of re-establishing itself on Broadway, featured Michael York as King Arthur, who was replaced in September by the somewhat unlikely Lou Diamond Phillips ("LaBamba," "Young Guns"). The musical comes to Shea's Performing Arts Center from Tuesday through Nov. 11.
The story centers on a kind of love triangle among Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot, all of which results in the well-known tragedy and the fall of the great utopian Camelot. Call 847-1410 or visit www.sheas.org for more information.
-- Colin Dabkowski