20 April 2018
Review: Camelot @ CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
Lerner & Loewe’s rendition of Camelot at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre is one for the ages. To give a little back story, before I went into this play my expectations were not very high. This was not due to anything I had heard, actually quite the opposite, I hadn’t heard anything at all about the play. I worried I would find myself watching the clock during this 1960’s classic. To my pleasant surprise, I found myself enthralled in the story, laughing and couldn’t wait for what was to come next.
Now this isn’t your Disney’s Sword in the Stone tale, nor is it the new King Arthur Legend of the Sword. It is however a mix of love, battle, betrayal, forgiveness and of course the gathering of the knights around the round table.
My date and I attended the Friday night showing of this performance and the talent in this cast was amazing. I loved Lancelot’s entrance with his song C’est Moi. Without giving away too many spoilers, I quite enjoyed Austin John Smiths portrayal of Lancelot. I thought his appearance added to the somewhat arrogant attitude he portrays (that Guenevere despised so deeply). As the play went on, Guenevere, King Arthur and myself all fell in love with his kind-hearted character.
This play is a little bit on the longer side, running at about two and a half hours. It may not be the best for your sitr-crazy littles. While it was longer, the voices and wit of the actors kept both my date and I entertained. I also really enjoyed the song What Do the Simple Folk Do? sung by Arthur and Guenevere. It made me wonder if modern day wealthy people really ask this question of us “simple folk.”
I tried not to give away the story-line in this review in hopes that if you haven’t seen Camelot before, like myself, that you could follow the story as it happens. That’s one of the things I loved most.
Camelot is playing at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre until May 12th and you can get tickets here. Raise your glass, take a date, and enjoy a night with the knights of the round table.