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Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot Leaps Onto Cape Playhouse Stage August 16-August 26

DENNIS, MA – After a 43-year absence, Lerner & Loewe’s Tony Award-winning musical Camelot returns to the Cape Playhouse. With original book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and an enchanting musical score by Frederick Loewe, this streamlined adaptation by David Lee, a multiple Emmy- Award winning, multi-hyphenate producer, features an eight-person cast and focuses on the legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot. An idealistic King Arthur hopes to build a kingdom based on honor and justice by creating his Knights of the Round Table. However, his dream is tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the dashing young knight, Lancelot. Their betrayal of King Arthur’s trust puts the fate of the entire kingdom in jeopardy.

With the blessing of the Lerner and Lowe estates, Lee scaled down the unwieldy 1960’s epic which was over three hours long, making it more intimate and engaging for audiences. The result is a scintillating, leaner version that goes to the heart of the story – the conflicting loves and loyalties of the three main characters – while keeping intact its beloved, lush score with romantic favorites like “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “I Loved You Once in Silence.”

Making his Cape Playhouse directing debut is Director/Choreographer Josh Walden. Josh was the Associate Director/Associate Choreographer for the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Ragtime. His regional director/choreographer credits include The Full Monty, Smokey Joe’s Café, A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, and On the Town. As to why he felt it was important to share the classic legend of Camelot now, Josh realized that the “questions and struggles Arthur presents are questions and struggles we as the human race are dealing with currently. By illuminating Arthur’s deepest wants for his kingdom and his people, I hope to inspire audiences to look at themselves and see what changes they can implement to help everyone.”

Taking on the role of Guinevere is Lissa deGuzman, who just finished Legally Blonde as Vivienne at KC Starlight. Lissa made her Broadway debut in King Kong (2019) and then joined the cast of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway before doing the National Tour of Aladdin as Jasmine. She also starred as Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked, a role she had long coveted.

Joining her on stage is Jonathan Burke as King Arthur and Karl Josef Co as Lancelot. Jonathan has been seen on Broadway in The Inheritance (Tony Award winner for Best Play) plus Choir Boy and Tuck Everlasting. He has also appeared in several TV series including Harlem (Prime Video), New Amsterdam (NBC), and Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Karl’s credits include Monty in A Gentleman’s Guide (Broadway On Demand), plus regional theatre productions of Unsinkable Molly Brown, Mama Mia!, and Into The Woods. He was most recently seen as Louis in the NBC heist drama The Endgame (2022) and has appeared in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015), and the CBS series Madam Secretary (2014).

Following Camelot (August 16-August 26), the Cape Playhouse closes the season with Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (August 30-September 9).

The Cape Playhouse at The Cape Center for the Arts was founded in 1927 by Raymond Moore. His vision
was to create a smart, sophisticated summer theatre with some of the world’s most noted stage and screen
professionals. The realization of Moore’s dream has since been recognized by The New York Times,
acknowledging the Playhouse as the “Place Where Broadway Goes to Summer.” Today, 96 years later, the
theatre continues to feature world-class talent in shows produced specifically for The Cape Playhouse and
is one of Cape Cod’s premier cultural assets. In addition to professional live-theatre experiences, the
not-for-profit Playhouse is committed to youth programs and education. The historic theatre is situated on
an expansive 22-acre campus along with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cinema..

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