Reviewed by Paula Citron
Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Directed by Gary Griffin
Featuring Geraint Wyn Davies, Kaylee Harwood, Jonathan Winsby, Brent Carver and Mike Nadajewski
Apr. 16 to Oct. 30, 2011
Gary Griffin has redeemed himself. His last year’s Evita was a big disappointment after the sensational West Side Story in 2009. Well, he’s come roaring back with Camelot which is an absolute winner.
Geraint Wyn Davies was born to play King Arthur. He has the gravitas to pull off the poignant moments without resorting to melodrama. Newcomer Kaylee Harwood as Guenevere is an absolute charmer who can sing, dance and act. She’s a keeper. Jonathan Winsby makes a handsome Lancelot with a great voice, while Brent Carver uses his usual nervous tics to the best advantage as both Merlyn and King Pellinore. Mike Nadajewski is perfectly oily as the wicked Mordred.
Everything about this production works, including Debra Hanson’s gorgeous heraldic set, and Mara Blumenfeld’s stunning medieval costumes.
Griffin has plumbed the depths for character and emotions while never going for the cheap shots. I had a tear in my eye at the end.
Camelot continues at the Festival Theatre until Oct. 30.