Book: Alan Jay Lerner
Music: Frederick Loewe
Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Based on: “The Once and Future King” by E.H. White
Direction and Choreography: Alan Souza
Musical Director: Ben Johnson
Fight Director: John Tovar
Sets: Kevin Depinet
Lights: Lee Fiskness
Costumes: Maggie Hoffman
Produced by: Kyle DeSantis, Executive Producer
Theatre: Drury Lane Oakbrook / Chicago
The genuinely revisionist new production at the Drury Lane Theatre.....One of Souza's real achievements here is the sense that Lancelot and Jenny are thrilled and compelled by each other — you can see some panic in Taylor's eyes from the very moment he sees her.......A Camelot that takes the far bigger risks and leaps of modernity and that departs the most thoroughly from the usual approach....It's certainly a fascinating and accessible reading of one of the great American musicals, at once period-appropriate and very fresh. This kind of risk-taking is rather more than you'd expect from a suburban theater but then Drury Lane — well worth your drive for this show — ain't for the simple folk. 4 STARS!
- Chris Jones Chicago Tribune – 7 Nov 2014
The new Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook revival of the show — directed by Alan Souza - might very well put it back in the spotlight.....What Souza and his team have done is akin to what filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli did decades ago for “Romeo and Juliet.” He has stripped the show of its aura of uptight sophistication and made it fresh and accessible. A certain gravitas may have been lost in the process. But replacing it is a “truthiness” and sexiness that will seem just right for the Millennial generation......Unspooling at a rapid clip, with the years shifting as quickly as the seasons, and the storytelling exceptionally clear, this Camelot is very much of the moment in both its political and social tuning. And its full embrace of an ending that suggests idealism is largely a fleeting dream seems just right.
- Hedy Weiss Chicago Sun-Times – 7 Nov 2014
The overall power of this “one, brief shining moment” is reason enough to pay a visit to this Camelot. It is simply an exceptional, re-imagined, breathtaking production that fans of this musical should not miss.
- Colin Douglas Chicago Theatre Review – 10 Nov 2014