Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Arvada Center for the Arts: 9/10 - 10/6

     Director Rod Lansberry has cast this production of the Arthurian legend with an eye to the youthful Wart growing into Arthur and it is perhaps a youthful audience that will embrace it with the greatest enthusiasm.
Those of us who remember the original cast album may miss the elocution of a Richard Burton, the brio of a Robert Goulet and the soaring soprano of Julie Andrews.
However … for those who are familiar with the Netflix offering “Merlin” may find the cast especially appealing. All three leads are talented young artists. One does wish, however,  that they were able to live backwards as Merlin is said to have done with the wisdom that one might find with a more ‘seasoned’ cast. 
     There are two moments in this production of “Camelot” that proved to be of greatest interest to this reviewer. The first is the transcendent beauty of the scene in which Jennifer de Dominici enchants Merlin with her ethereal dance. The second is the one in which Megan Van de Hey as the mischievous Morgan Le Fe bewitches Arthur in the forest. This scene is one that this reviewer has not ever seen included in any production of this musical. It is mythic gold! As directed by Mr. Lansberry it is as charming as his direction of  DeDominici’s seductive “Follow Me” was breathtaking.
      The costumes by Clare Henkel are superb. Among all the fine gowns the ethereal gossamer white for Nimue wins hands down.Marlowe's Musings
Due to high ticket demand, the Arvada Center has announced a one-week extension for the Tony Award® winning musical Camelot. The show will now close on Sunday, October 6. Camelot is directed by Rod A. Lansberry, book and lyrics are written by Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe. Camelot will run in the Main Stage Theater September 10- October 6, 2013. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Talkbacks will be offered Friday, September 20 after the 7:30 p.m. show and Wednesday, September 25 after the 1:00 p.m. show. To purchase tickets and for additional information go to or call 720-898-7200.

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