Camelot | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Camelot The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 10 2012

Durable but deeply flawed, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 musical based on The Once and Future King offers an uneven mix of fantasy, soap opera, musical comedy, and philosophical inquiry. Director Rudy Hogenmiller does a generally good job of reconciling the show's inconsistencies in this Light Opera Works production, thanks largely to Nick Sandys's superb portrayal of King Arthur. As the warrior struggling to become a rational ruler—even when his ideals are tested by his wife's passion for Lancelot—Sandys captures Arthur's boyish insecurity and moral gravitas. Jennie Sophia brings intelligence, honesty, and a beautiful soprano to Guenevere, a poorly written character mired in sexist stereotypes. Baritone William Travis Taylor nails Lancelot's big ballad, "If Ever I Would Leave You." And Patrick Tierney camps it up as Arthur's evil bastard son Mordred. The chorus sounds great, and the 29-piece orchestra brings a glow to Loewe's operetta-quality score. —Albert Williams

Price: $32-$77

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