Theater: One Brief Tarnished Hour

CAMELOT Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; Music by Frederick Loewe

Richard Burton's voice is one of the great wind instruments of the English-speaking stage. Unfortunately, in Camelot, that instrument seems to be just about all he has left to play on or with. To indicate that Burton is trifling with his formidable dramatic talents is to make an ancillary point, since the show itself leads a charmed life. Camelot opened to an unparalleled $3 million advance sale in 1960 on the assumption that after My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe were not men...

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