'South Pacific,' 'Inherit the Wind' highlight Camelot's 2016 season

    The 2016 season at Camelot Theatre in Talent will include the musicals "South Pacific" and “La Cage aux Folles," plays "Inherit the Wind" and "I Ought to Be In Pictures," and spotlight shows on Simon and Garfunkel, Liza Minnelli and Kenny Rogers.

    Artistic Director Livia Genise announced the new season earlier this month.

    “Feelin’ Groovy: Spotlight on Simon & Garfunkel" stars Erik Connolly and David King-Gabriel. They'll sing more than 20 hits by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, including “The Sound of Silence,” “I Am a Rock,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair/Canticle.” The show plays Jan. 14-24.

    “Solomon’s Blade” was the winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival in 2004, and Camelot will host the play's world premiere Feb. 3-28. In the play, Tamar Greenwold has been unexpectedly called to return from a long-awaited vacation with her husband. Her sister-in-law Claire is in the hospital, seven-and-a-half months pregnant, brain-dead, on life-support. Arrangements have been made by Tamar’s close friend and attorney Kristin Joseph to have an Israeli immigrant adopt the child. Devoted to her Jewish faith, Tamar is thrilled — until she discovers the mother-to-be, Sahrrah Shouman, is Arab-Israeli.

    “Sweet Charity,” a musical with a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, looks at the misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, who always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong men. Musical numbers include “Big Spender,” “Baby Dream Your Dream,” "If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.” It plays March 16-April 17.

    “Inherit the Wind,” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee., is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial." The controversial subject of evolution versus creation causes two polar opposites to engage in an explosive battle of beliefs. It plays April 27-May 29.

    “Maybe This Time: Spotlight On Liza Minelli” stars Rose Passione. Songs will include “Maybe This Time,” “Liza with a Z,” “Cabaret,” “My Own Best Friend” and “New York, New York.” It plays June 2-12.

    “La Cage Aux Folles,” with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, remains one of Broadway’s all-time biggest hits. Musical numbers include “With You on My Arm,” “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times is Now.” It plays June 22-July 31.

    Camelot Conservatory’s Summer Camp Production, the culmination of a six-week summer camp, is “Legally Blonde the Musical.” Musical numbers include “Serious,” “Take It Like a Man,” “Chip on My Shoulder” and “Legally Blonde.” The show runs Aug. 4-7.

    “Changed For Good: Spotlight On Musical Theater,” focuses on songs from musicals that have entertained, moved and inspired audiences for years. Starring Paula Flowers and David King-Gabriel, the show will include songs from “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Into the Woods” and “Wicked.” It plays Aug. 11-21.

    “Chess,” featuring music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and book by Richard Nelson, is a complex rock opera exploring the love triangle between the earnest Russian champion, the loutish American chess star and a Hungarian-American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. Songs include “One Night in Bangkok,” “Someone Else’s Story,” “Pity the Child” and “Heaven Help My Heart.” It plays Aug. 31-Oct. 2.

    “I Ought To Be In Pictures,” by Neil Simon, is about Herb, a Hollywood scriptwriter who is surprised by the arrival of Libby, his teenage daughter who's trekked from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with dreams of movie stardom. The show plays Oct. 12-Nov. 8.

    “Through the Years: Spotlight On Kenny Rogers” stars Duane George and will feature 23 hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille and Ruby,” “Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” It plays Nov. 10-20. 

    “South Pacific,” with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, is set in an island paradise during World War II. Musical numbers include “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa’ My Hair,” “There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” It plays Nov. 30-Jan. 8. 

    To request a season brochure or to reserve tickets, visit www.CamelotTheatre.org or call 541-535-5250, ext. 1.


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