Camelot Theatre launches 2011 season

Camelot Theatre's 2011 season, which started Jan. 13, includes four remaining productions in the current space in Talent before the new James Morrison Collier building opens next door in June.

Named after a Medford arts patron who donated $300,000 to push the capital campaign over the $1 million mark, the new building will provide better sightlines, improved sound and lighting and more comfortable seats.

The 2011 season features three plays, four musicals, four musical "spotlights" and a youth conservatory production.

For tickets, see or call 541-535-5250.

  • "Spotlight on Dinah Shore" — through Jan. 23. René Hewitt stars as Dinah Shore, the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success and the rare woman to achieve major success hosting a TV variety show.
  • "A Few Good Men" — Feb. 2-27. Aaron Sorkin's Broadway hit examines the question of how far we will let our military go to protect our freedom.
  • "Funny Girl" — March 9-April 10. The musical that launched Barbra Streisand is based on the life and career of singer and comedienne Fanny Brice. Fanny's only weakness was her love for entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein.
  • "Crimes of the Heart" — April 20-May 22. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play, known for its humanity and humor, examines the plight of three Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

In the new James Morrison Collier building:

  • "Spotlight on Nat King Cole" — June 2-12. The musical tribute focuses on Nat King Cole, accomplished jazz pianist and smooth baritone vocalist who was the first black American to host a TV variety show.
  • "Sweeney Todd" — June 22-July 24. Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical thriller mixes intense drama with moments of dark humor as a wronged barber seeks his revenge.
  • "Into the Woods" — July 29-31. Camelot's youth conservatory production of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
  • "The Sunshine Boys" — Aug. 10-Sept. 11. In this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Neil Simon play, two vaudeville partners who are no longer speaking grudgingly reunite for a comedy retrospective 40 years after they began their careers together.
  • "Spotlight on Barbra Streisand" — Sept. 15-25. The show takes a biographical look at this "Funny Girl" star and her life both on and offstage.
  • "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road" — Oct. 5-Nov. 6 — A 40-year-old soap star decides to change her image and her nightclub act and meets resistance from her manager. She's eager to include feminist material in her act; he wants her to go back to the syrupy-sweet, noncontroversial formula that made her so successful.
  • "Spotlight on the Blue Divas" — Nov. 10-20. Camelot focuses on the life and songs of the ladies who sang the blues in the Roaring '20s and '30s.
  • "The Scarlet Pimpernel" — Nov. 30-Dec. 31. Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical. Percival Blakeney, disguised even from his wife, persuades his compatriots to help him fight the post-revolutionary French regime. By day, they pass for "fops" in England; by night, they call themselves the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save the innocent in France.

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