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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - "ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT" - "CAMELOT- ORIGINAL BROADWAY SOUNDTRACK" FEATURING THE ALBUM "CAMELOT" WITH RICHARD BURTON IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 62 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – “ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT” – CAMELOT- ORIGINAL BROADWAY SOUNDTRACKFEATURING THE ALBUM “CAMELOT” WITH RICHARD BURTON IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE BY CAPTAIN BILLYEPISODE # 62 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES

“ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT

CAMELOT by the Original Broadway Cast (Columbia TC8, 1978)

In 1960 I was seven years old, and impressions of enduring memory from that time were starting to implant themselves into my pudding-filled cranium: Robert Goulet, on the Ed Sullivan show, singing “If Ever I Would Leave You” was definitely one of them. In fact, Sullivan, showcasing numbers from Camelot, Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical adaptation of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, saved the show, which was straining after mixed reviews. And, through this national television exposure, the show’s Lancelot, Canadian baritone Goulet, became an American star.

The show opened on December 3, 1960, a month after John Kennedy’s election, and closed three years later, after 873 performances – the same year as his slaughter, and will be forever associated with that administration. Shortly after the murder, the First Lady quoted the title song with the words: “for one brief, shining moment…there was Camelot,” and theatrical history was cemented forever.

Richard Burton won the Tony for essaying the role of King Arthur (it’s a pleasant surprise to hear him attempt to sing); Julie Andrews – (she, of the divine voice) – fresh from starring in Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, reappears here as Guinevere; and, rounding out the cast is Roddy McDowell, co-starring as Arthur’s snotty, treacherous son, Mordred.

As I say, memories of those childhood days: ducking and covering under our desks during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Walter Cronkite announcing JFK’s assassination on a black and white screen; and the crooning of Robert Goulet on the Sullivan show – are flashing afresh, courtesy of this cart – acquired in a lot, and never heard until now, as it summons up ghosts from sixty two years ago with its luscious orchestration.

“Overture” “The March [Parade]” — Instrumental “I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight” — Arthur “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” — Guenevere “Camelot” — Arthur “Camelot” (reprise) — Arthur, Guenevere “Follow Me” — Nimue “C’est Moi” — Lancelot “The Lusty Month of May” — Guenevere, Ensemble “Then You May Take Me to the Fair”§ — Guenevere, Sir Lionel, Sir Sagramore, Sir Dinaden “How To Handle a Woman” — Arthur “The Jousts” — Arthur, Guenevere, Ensemble “Before I Gaze at You Again” — Guenevere Act II “If Ever I Would Leave You” — Lancelot “The Seven Deadly Virtues” — Mordred “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” — Arthur and Guenevere “Fie on Goodness!”§ — Mordred & Knights “I Loved You Once In Silence” — Guenevere “Guenevere” — Ensemble “Camelot” (reprise) — King Arthur


By Rich Buckland 06/19/2022 05:09 PM

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