10 Seconds to Plot: Phillipa Soo, Taylor Trensch, More Explain CAMELOT 

10 Seconds to Plot

Phillipa Soo

Dan Meyer
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March 9, 2023 12:49 PM

The kingdom of Camelot sure has a lot of intrigue. Affairs! Treason! Politics! Despite that, we hear the weather is lovely. The story of Camelot has been told many a time—who doesn’t recognize the names King Arthur and Guenevere and Lancelot?—but what exactly unfolds in this Broadway musical?

To find out more, Theatrely stopped by Lincoln Center Theater to ask the cast, including Andrew Burnap, Phillipa Soo, Jordan Donica, Taylor Trensch, Marilee Talkington, and Fergie Philippe. Watch them attempt our “insane challenge” (according to Soo) below.  

Camelot stars Andrew Burnap as Arthur, Phillipa Soo as Guenevere, and Jordan Donica as Lancelot Du Lac, with Dakin Matthews as Merlyn/Pellinore, Taylor Trensch as Mordred, Marilee Talkington as Morgan Le Fey, Anthony Michael Lopez as Sir Dinadan, Fergie Philippe as Sir Sagramore, Danny Wolohan as Sir Lionel, and Camden McKinnon as Tom of Warwick.

Rounding out the ensemble are Delphi Borich, Matías De La Flor, Sola Fadiran, Rachel Fairbanks, Nkrumah Gatling, Christian Mark Gibbs, Holly Gould, Monte Greene, Edwin Joseph, Tesia Kwarteng, James Romney, Ann Sanders, Britney Nicole Simpson, Philip Stoddard, Valerie Torres-Rosario, Frank Viveros, and Paul Whitty.

Camelot begins previews March 9 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater ahead of an April 13 opening night. The production features a new book by Aaron Sorkin, based on the original by Alan Jay Lerner, and is directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

The score features music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Lerner. Originally premiering in 1960 with Richard Burton as Arthur and Julie Andrews as Guenevere, it was Lerner and Loewe’s follow-up to My Fair Lady.

Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White, Camelot explores the quest for democracy, the striving for justice, and the often tragic struggles between passion and aspiration, lovers and kingdoms. Notable songs include “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and the title song “Camelot.”

Camelot features choreography by Byron Easley, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Jennifer Moeller, lighting by Lap Chi Chu, sound by Marc Salzberg and Beth Lake, projections by 59 Productions, casting by The Telsey Office, and fight direction by B.H. Barry. Music director Kimberly Grigsby conducts a 30-piece orchestra performing Camelot’s original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, with dance and choral arrangements by Trude Rittman. Charles Means is the stage manager.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.