The Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot opened on Broadway in in 1960, ran for 873 performances, and nabbed four Tony awards It starred Richard Burton as King Arthur, Julie Andrews as Queen Guinevere, newcomer Robert Goulet as Lancelot, and Roddy McDowell as Mordred. According to Wikipedia, the cast recording was the best-selling LP in America for 60 weeks. My parents had it, and I listened to it endlessly. Even today, half a century later, I still know all the words to all the songs. Part of the musical’s popularity was its association with the Kennedy administration, which was often called “Camelot,” with JFK being Arthur and Jackie being Guinevere (in this case it was Arthur who was the philanderer).
It’s hard to find songs from this musical—or any of my favorite Broadway shows—on YouTube. For Camelot, there are more clips from the dire movie version, starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, than from the far superior Broadway version. Here are two songs from the original cast. The first is a recording of Goulet singing the show’s romantic high spot, “If ever I would leave you.”
And Julie Andrews in “The Lusty Month of May” (the lyrics are quite clever). Andrews had a lovely voice, perfect for Broadway. Click here for her singing a medley of “Wouldn’t it be loverly” and “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady and the theme song from Camelot.