Rose Passione steps into Camelot's musical spotlight as Julie Andrews. [Photo by Steve Sutfin]

'Spotlight on Julie Andrews' at Camelot Theatre

Dame Julie Andrews has charmed audiences for decades with her performances in such roles as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Maria von Trapp in "The Sound of Music,"  Cinderella and Mary Poppins, among others.

Her success on Broadway, in films and on television has earned her an Academy Award, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys, a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Honors Award and many other accolades.

"It is not enough to reach for the brass ring," Andrews once said. "You must also enjoy the merry-go-round."

To kick off its 36th season of stage performances, Camelot Theatre presents "Spotlight on Julie Andrews," a showcase of songs from the English actress and singer's musical career.

Local singer Rose Passione, accompanied by a quartet of musicians, steps into Camelot's spotlight to emulate Andrews' legacy, singing "I Could Have Danced All Night," "My Favorite Things," "Falling in Love with Love," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," "Feed the Birds" and more at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 11-28, at Camelot, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $20 for the Jan. 11 preview, $26 or $32 for all other shows, and can be purchased at camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

The show's script is written by Brian O'Connor, musical direction is by Michael Wing, narration is by Eoghan McDowell, and Presila Quinby directs.

Andrews, a child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948 and made her 1954 Broadway debut in "The Boy Friend." She starred in "My Fair Lady" in 1956 and "Camelot" in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere. In 1957, Andrews starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein's written-for-television musical "Cinderella," originally broadcast live in 1957 on CBS.

Andrews made her feature film debut in "Mary Poppins" in 1964, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role in "The Sound of Music." 

Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 for services to the performing arts. 

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