Gabriel Byrne to appear in NY Philharmonic "Camelot"

April 2, 2008 7:02:34 PM PDT
From tortured psychotherapist to ... King Arthur? Gabriel Byrne - who has won raves and plenty of female fans for his work on the HBO series "In Treatment" - will play the lead in the New York Philharmonic's concert performance of "Camelot" May 7-10 at Lincoln Center.

The May 8 show at Avery Fisher Hall will be broadcast nationally on PBS.

The Tony-winning "Camelot," with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, first appeared on Broadway in 1960.

Based on T.H. White's novel "The Once and Future King," the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table features such popular tunes as "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman" and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?"

Byrne, 57, will perform opposite Marin Mazzie (who recently appeared on Broadway in "Spamalot") as Guenevere.

Those parts were played in the original Broadway production by Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, with Robert Goulet as Lancelot.

The musical was made into a 1967 film with Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, and won three Oscars.

Byrne's film credits include "Miller's Crossing" and "The Usual Suspects." On stage, he has played leading roles at London's Royal Court Theatre and in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet."