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Camelot Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 49



5.0 star rating KR from New York, New York


Loved the show. Had all my favorite bits of Broadway — great performances, funny, romantic, pulled at the heart strings and gave me that heart soaring feeling where for a moment I think “yes! Yes the world can be better!”. Sorkin does wonders with the book. I liked his not so magical take on the story, since after all the story of King Arthur is always morphed and influenced by the writer. And the relevance of the same law applying to everyone and the difficulty of keeping true to ones ideals rather than give in to cynicism could not have been more timely.

5.0 star rating RTP from New York, New York


I’ve seen the show twice during previews, and I’m going again! For Sorkin fans, his update to the old tale is brilliant and unmistakably Sorkin; the magical, mystical element of the original script are gone - replaced by a grounded, intelligent, and witty King Arthur who sees the future of Camelot much as one would expect a young Jeb Bartlett saw this country when West Wing began. Add a soaring musical score with a very impressive orchestra and 3 leads whose voices give you the chills, and you leave the theater wanting to return. Perfectly rewritten and directed… a must see!

5.0 star rating Drew from Connecticut


Sher’s Camelot is extraordinary. The staging, book, costumes, and cast are perfection. Anyone who enjoys musical theater must see this show!

5.0 star rating AW from New York, New York


I thought this show was brilliant. Camelot has always been a favorite of mine, but I felt uneasy about the character of Guenevere who embodied all sorts of awful misogynist stereotypes--she was silly, flighty, and brought down a noble experiment by sleeping with someone. Aaron Sorkin's rewrite as well as Philippa Soo's excellent, spirited portrayal made this character work and brought the whole play into the 21st century. This is now an ideas play--with some excellent discussions of rule of law, limited government, and the birth of democracy. To be fair, I am already an Aaron Sorkin fan, so I am inclined to like that sort of thing. But I thought he hit the right balance between intellect and idealism. The costumes were beautiful, the music was lush, the acting was excellent (especially Andrew Burnap as a young, brainy Arthur.) If you are on the fence, give this play a shot. It's my favorite I have seen in a long time (and I see a lot of theatre).

4.0 star rating T. Webber from Tucson, AZ


I saw Camelot in previews at the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center last night. It's a great production. The leads are all very strong, the Lerner & Loewe music is sung by the actors and played by the orchestra beautifully! The staging is captivating on the set. I sat on the side in the orchestra but could see everything really well. I don't feel like I missed anything. However, it's very long and is in need of some cutting, which I'm sure they will do (have to do!) before it officially opens in April. The only other negative I would say is that Gueneviere's lines are very snarky (funny (!) but snarky) so it's hard to see how King Arthur could love her. It's kind of questionable that he does until the end of the show. So, that makes his choice between saving Gueneviere and saving Camelot less convincing. To be clear, Phillipa Soo is great as Gueneviere. I think it's the lines themselves in the show that forces her to play the role as a kind of cutting and not very nice person. She sings beautifully as always and plays the role as best as possible given her lines. The other leads are very strong as well. The "book" aside it was definitely a really fun night out at the theater. I'm glad I chose it because there are also a lot of other great shows on Broadway to choose from and I was only in NY for a couple of days.

4.0 star rating Sally Williams from New York, New York


Having performed Camelot with both Richard Burton and Richard Harris, I rather know this show inside and out. I was so excited to see it again after 35 years. I started crying the moment the overture began, remembering the beauty of Camelot and the fine actors with whom I worked so many years ago. I loved the snow that gently fell in the beginning and had high hopes for a glorious production. I left the theater happy and satisfied, but with a few caveats. I’m afraid that Arthur left me longing for Burton’s Gravitas, and Harris’ exuberance and physicality. This Arthur is a fine young actor but where is his excitement and terror over meeting Guinevere for the first time??? The tempo was just so slow and matter of fact in I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight. The lyrics dictate that he is both excited and afraid and the tempo should reflect his racing heartbeat. I felt non of that and his performance never really took off for me. Even the most beautifully written Excaliber speech at the end of Act I just fell flat. The original lines are some of the finest ever written but they were cut and replaced with a dryer political monologue that did not crescendo. That speech should bring the the house down. And then came the gorgeous Phillips Sou whose opening recitative was sliced and diced. Why did you cut her frenzied prayer to Dr Genevieve??? It sets her character up! She was clearly directed to be snarky and a strong female but in so doing, we never see the love that must exist between her and Arthur for this story to make sense. And like others, I mourned the loss of magic and Nimue (which I played) and the gorgeous song, Follow Me! Lancelot saves the show with his exquisite singing and acting. The show was screaming for a burst of color and flowers and Springtime in The Lusty Month of May, but instead, we only saw a nice maypole and static choreography. This show is not hard to love. I think it should just be trusted to do what it has always done… give the world a glimmer of hope that we can all be equal and honorable and that human love is messy and complicated but will not stop us from dreaming big and filling us with hope… something we all desperately need right now. Leave it alone. Trust in the material is Lerner and Loewe wrote it and give us beauty and magic!

4.0 star rating Tom J from New York, New York


Wonderful refresh of script and reset for contemporary values around capable woman and sometimes clueless men. Second act was stronger than the first. Main criticism: Relationship between Arthur and Guenevere should be more nuanced with more space for the audience to suspect they might truly love one another. It was wonderful to hear all the songs strongly performed with the orginal lyrics but cast in a contemporary light. Of all the the songs I would have liked "I wonder what the king is thinking tonight" to have been bolder. A huge crowd pleaser, standing ovationi on my night. I'm hopeful with a few tweaks it will be a great success.


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