Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher will bring CAMELOT reimagined to Broadway
Next season, Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop) will bring Lerner & Loewe’s world of CAMELOT to life by producing a new take on the classic tale, reimagined for the 21st century. With a book by Oscar and Emmy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin, based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner and directed by Bartlett Sher, Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT is set to begin performances on Thursday, November 3 and open Thursday, December 8 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).
Based on TH White’s “The Once and Future King,” CAMELOT, Lerner and Loewe’s 1960 sequel to My Fair Lady, is a story about the quest for democracy, the struggle for justice, and the tragic struggle between passion and aspiration, between lovers and kingdoms. This epic and timely tale features the iconic characters of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot along with the beloved original score with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe which includes “If Ever I would Leave You”, “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” and the title track “Camelot”.
The casting and design team for the new Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT will be announced at a later date.
ALAN JAY LERNER (Original Book/Lyrics) wrote some of America’s most beloved and enduring musicals with Frederick Loewe over a period of more than 25 years: Life of the Party, What’s Up, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot and Gigi. He also wrote Love Life with Kurt Weill, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmelina with Burton Lane, Coco with Andre Previn, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with Leonard Bernstein and Dance a Little Closer with Charles Strouse. He wrote the libretto and/or the lyrics of the following films: An American in Paris, Gigi, The Little Prince, Royal Wedding and film versions of his plays. He has written two books: The Street Where I Live and The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. Mr. Lerner died in 1986.
FREDERICK LOEWE (Music) wrote the scores for some of America’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi. Among his most famous songs with fellow lyricist Alan Jay Lerner are “Almost Like Being in Love”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”. A musical prodigy, Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 and, at age 13, was the youngest solo pianist to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Struggling to find work on Broadway after arriving in the United States in 1924, Loewe worked at odd jobs and wrote with several other lyricists until he approached Lerner at the Lambs Club in New York in 1942 to collaborate. to a show – thus beginning one of Broadway’s most extraordinary partnerships. Loewe died in Palm Springs in 1988.
AARON SORKIN (Book) the Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning writer, director and playwright, made his Broadway debut with A Few Good Men. Its subsequent film adaptation was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture. Sorkin won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Social Network and received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay Moneyball. Additional storylines include Steve Jobs, The American President, and Charlie Wilson’s War. In 2017, Sorkin made his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, which he also wrote, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Sorkin wrote and directed The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Acclaimed across all mediums, Sorkin created and produced “The West Wing,” which won 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, “The Newsroom,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “Sports Night,” and the stage adaptation of ” To Kill a Mockingbird, “now the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history. More recently, he wrote and directed Being the Ricardos, now available worldwide on Amazon Prime Video.
BARTLETT SHER (Director). LCT: South Pacific (Tony Prize); Intimate Apparel, My Fair Lady, Oslo, The King and I, Golden Boy, Blood and Gifts, Women on the Bord of a Nervdown Breaking, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza. Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway: Cymbeline (Callaway Award); Waste (Obie Award); Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Previously Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theater (2000-2009), Company Director of Guthrie Theater and Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage. Opera: Rigoletto (Berlin, Metropolitan Opera); Romeo and Juliet (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Faust (Baden-Baden); Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera); Il barbiere di Siviglia (Baden Baden, Metropolitan Opera), Otello, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Mourning becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, City Opera). Film: Oslo (Critics Choice Award, Emmy Award nomination).
This season, Lincoln Center Theater is currently producing Pulitzer Prize-winning Thornton Wilder’s classic The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz from previews Friday, April 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the production LCT3 of Bryna Turner’s critically acclaimed new play At The Wedding, directed by Jenna Worsham, at Claire Tow Theatre, plus additional productions to be announced at Mitzi E. Newhouse and Claire Tow Theatres.