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CAMELOT, Friday, October 10 New Broadway Musical

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Camelot Oct 10, 2014
Camelot Oct 10, 2014

9/23/2014 - CAMELOT - New National Tour of Broadway Show, October 10

The national tour of Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT, Broadway’s sweeping tale of passion, pageantry and betrayal, appears Friday, October 10, 2014 in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater of the non-profit Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

The winner of 4 Tony Awards® and 3 Academy Awards®, never has this classic story of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table been more captivating than in this intimate and fresh Broadway touring production. CAMELOT is one of theatre’s most legendary musicals and features a celebrated score with classics such as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” and the title song, “Camelot” all entwined in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood.

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In a local twist on the national touring production, Ben Tanner of Destin, a 10th grader at Fort Walton Beach High School has been selected to appear in a guest role of “Tom of Warwick” in CAMELOT, alongside the show’s professional cast. Ben is the son of Jim and Cindy Tanner of Destin and is a member of the Fort Walton Beach High School Thespian troupe.

“To have a local theater student appear in this exceptional national show will be a real treat for our audience as well as phenomenal experience for the student,” noted Jeanette Shires, Mattie Kelly Arts Center director, who worked Christa Whittaker, head of the renowned drama program at Fort Walton High to select Ben for the walk-on role.

Of CAMLEOT, The New York Times noted, “. . .a superb score combines lyrical simplicity with a lush romanticism, beautifully captured in numbers like ‘I Loved You Once in Silence’ and ‘If Ever I Would Leave You’.”

Seats for CAMELOT are $45 each or $40 for groups of 10 or more. A 10% discount is also available for patrons who purchase a Season package of 6 or more of the center’s 10 national shows. Tickets are available exclusively through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s box office by phone or web at (850) 729-6000 or A portion of all ticket sales supports student scholarships at NWF State College.

This all-new national touring production of CAMELOT features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe and is based on the King Arthur legend adapted from the T.H. White novel The Once and Future King. The original 1960 production ran on Broadway for 873 performances and spawned several revivals, foreign productions and the 1967 film. The original cast album was America’s top-selling LP for 60 weeks. CAMELOT tells the story of the legend of King Arthur who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. But, when his beautiful new Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. When Mordred, King Arthur’s illegitimate son, catches on and sees a kingdom in chaos, he attempts to destroy all that is Camelot!

The CAMELOT tour for North America is produced by Phoenix Entertainment by special arrangement with Tams -Witmark Music Library, Inc. For official tour information see

See the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at for additional Broadway season information and a listing of all upcoming national, regional, guest and college events. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard, East in Niceville on the main campus of Northwest Florida State College. The center is easily accessible from coastal communities in Destin and Fort Walton Beach via the Mid-Bay Bridge and new connector road or Highway 85.

CAMELOT – A MUSICAL FOR THE AGES CAMELOT was a favorite musical of John F. Kennedy’s presidential administration, and one of the most popular Broadway shows of the 1960s. Not only did the show run for over a year, but its original cast album was one of the top selling albums of the year. The show features music, book and lyrics by creative duo Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon) and is based on the King Arthur legends found in T.H White’s novel The Once and Future King.

CAMELOT opened on Broadway in 1960 and ran for 873 performances. The original cast included: Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Roddy McDowall, Robert Coote, Robert Goulet, Mel Dowd, John Cullum, Bruce Yarnell, David Hurst & Michael Kermoyan. The original production was nominated for five 1961 Tony Awards and won four, including: Best Actor in a Musical (Richard Burton). There have been three official Broadway revivals and a number of national tours. The film adaptation of CAMELOT was released in 1967. Richard Harris starred as Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere and Franco Nero as Lancelot. The film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and won 3 – Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Music. In 2008, the New York Philharmonic presented 5 semi-staged concerts of CAMELOT which aired nationally on Live from Lincoln Center.

Who Was King Arthur? We’ve all heard stories about King Arthur of Camelot, who according to medieval legend led British forces (including his trusted Knights of the Round Table) in battle against Saxon invaders in the early sixth century. But was King Arthur actually a real person, or simply a hero of Celtic mythology? Though debate has gone on for centuries, historians have been unable to confirm if Arthur really existed. He doesn’t appear in the only surviving contemporary source about the Saxon invasion, in which the Celtic monk Gildas wrote of a real-life battle at Mons Badonicus (Badon Hills) around 500 A.D. Several hundred years later, Arthur appears for the first time in the writings of a Welsh historian named Nennius, who gave a list of 12 battles the warrior king supposedly fought. All drawn from Welsh poetry, the battles took place in so many different times and places that it would have been impossible for one man to have participated in all of them.

Later Welsh writers drew on Nennius’ work, and Arthur’s fame spread beyond Wales and the Celtic world, particularly after the Norman conquest of 1066 connected England to northern France. In the popular 12th-century book “History of the Kings of Britain,” Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the first life story of Arthur, describing his magic sword Caliburn (later known as Excalibur), his trusted knight Lancelot, Queen Guinevere and the wizard Merlin.

An irresistible blend of myth and fact, the book was supposedly based on a lost Celtic manuscript that only Geoffrey was able to examine. A series of romances by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes gave Arthur’s quest a spiritual motive by introducing his search for the mysterious Holy Grail. Though Arthur may not have been a real person, his mythic power would only grow stronger as the centuries passed. English rulers from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria have appropriated the Arthur legend for political purposes, while countless writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers and other artists have produced their own versions for posterity.


--- More National Touring Shows to Appear in 2015 at Cultural Center in Niceville -- The remainder of national touring Broadway/Artist season of shows at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center appears in 2015, with the Broadway comedy Menopause the Musical on January 6; the nation’s premier 1960’s throwback group The MidTown Men singing all your favorite 60’s hits on January 22; and an appearance on January 26 of one-of-a- kind ice show with the national tour of Celebration on Ice.

The new smash-hit Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, appears February 2, 2015; followed by One Singular Sensation: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch on February 7, 2015. The winner of 5 Tony Awards, Peter & The Star Catcher appears February 10, 2015 in a musical that takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew with a swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan in a magical evening of madcap fun for all ages. On February 10, the national tour of In The Mood, provides a retro musical revue with the classic hits of Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman and more. The final national touring Broadway musical of the season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, appears March 10, 2015 in a show that’s all boisterous fun and romance.

On March 14, 2015 thrill to the magic of the most amazing veterans of exceptional Cirque programs throughout the world – aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and more– performing to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music performed by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in a benefit for the regional orchestra which is now in its 28th season. ##