Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Camelot Dazzles with New Pittsburgh Public Theater Production

Hayden Tee as King Arthur

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents


Magnetic young stars bring new life to Lerner & Loewe’s legendary musical in a dazzling production directed by Ted Pappas.

PITTSBURGH (January 4, 2011) Pittsburgh Public Theater’s biggest event of the season is a spectacular new production of the beloved musical, Camelot. Directed by Ted Pappas, Camelot runs January 20 – February 20, 2011 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit Camelot is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

With a book and lyrics written by Alan Jay Lerner and music composed by Frederick Loewe, Camelot evokes the court of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The legend is told through music that sparkles with wit and gorgeous melody, a story about the quest for chivalry and the forces that stand in its way, and the enchantment and pageantry of a realm that has lived in our imaginations for centuries. Songs include “The Lusty Month of May,” “How to Handle a Woman,” “Before I Gaze at You Again,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and of course, “Camelot.”

King Arthur will be played by New Zealand native Hayden Tee, described as “One of the great male talents of the Australian musical stage” by The Daily Telegraph. Opposite Tee, as Guenevere, will be Kimberly Burns, whose credits include leading roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Pirates of Penzance. Also featured in the cast of 22 are Keith Hines as Sir Lancelot, Noble Shropshire as Pellinore, Alex Coleman as Merlyn, Don DiGiulio as Mordred, and Daisy Hobbs as Nimue.

The knights, ladies, and pages are: Dieter Bierbrauer, Greggory Brandt, Mark Campbell, Joe Jackson, Joe Paparella, Jonathan Pendergrass, Matthew Charles Thompson, Ben Thorpe, Theodore Watts, Zanna Fredland, Amanda Frennier, Christina McCann, and Sarah Ziegler. The role of Tom will be shared by Joshua Brelsford and Dustin Butoryak.

The orchestra will perform under the musical direction of F. Wade Russo. Camelot’s design team is James Noone (Scenic), Alejo Vietti (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Ruth E. Kramer is the Production Stage Manager and Fredric H. Orner is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Camelot made its Broadway debut in 1960. Other memorable musicals by Lerner & Loewe include Brigadoon in 1947, Paint Your Wagon in 1951, My Fair Lady in 1956, and the 1958 film Gigi, which won nine Academy Awards.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

What: Camelot

When: January 20 – February 20, 2011

Performance Schedule

Tues. through Sat. at 8 pm (except Tues., Feb. 15 when the show is at 7 pm).

Sat. & Sun. at 2 pm (except Sat., Jan. 29).

There will be an additional 2 pm matinee on Thurs., Feb. 17.

Sun. at 7 pm.

Press Night is Thurs. Jan. 27. Opening Night is Fri. Jan. 28.

Ticket Prices: $40.75 to $65.75. $15.75 for students and age 26 and younger.

The PNC Family Fun Pack is designed for patrons bringing children to Camelot, which is recommended for ages 10 and up.

For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit

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