Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Douglas C. Liebig
“Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot…”
For baby boomers, it’s nearly impossibly to separate the beloved Lerner & Lowe musical from the ground-breaking ’60s era of President John F. Kennedy, politically speaking the most hopeful time of the late 20th century.
But in the shadow of the most recent presidential election, it would seem that “Camelot” and its musical tale of King Arthur’s revolutionary concept of justice is not much more than a painful reminder of what could have been. A magical, almost mystical land like “Brigadoon,” speaking in Broadway terms…
Currently on the boards at theREP in downtown Albany, director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s hand guides “Camelot” through its paces with some intriguing twists and turns – most notably casting the actors as musicians. Or was it the musicians as actors? Either way, it was brilliant, and the precise choreography required to pull it off was nearly seamless. Kudos also must go to musical director Josh D. Smith.