Imagine you are among the first to see a Broadway-bound musical with an international cast of performers (New York, Mexico, and Norway), a six-piece orchestra, New York-quality production values, and a rich musical score featuring 17 new songs. The story of the musical is pure fantasy, but your opportunity to attend the musical's debut production is entirely real. The show is called Bikers in Camelot, and it is the work of the wife-and-husband team of Wendy and Ken Bichel, both New York theater veterans. Wendy, who wrote book, music, and lyrics, performed one-woman shows in New York for over a decade, received a master's in music theater writing on full-fellowship from New York University, and wrote several successful musicals, including one commissioned by New York's Public Theater. Ken performed in and conducted numerous Broadway shows, garnering a Drama Desk Award in the process.
Bikers in Camelot is a four-character musical romp, a romantic fable with a supernatural twist. Two authors, live-in lovers, are at a critical point in their relationship. Michael, who writes biographies of Victorian women, proposes to Holly, who pens chivalrous sci-fi fantasy. But the timing is terribly wrong, and in the throes of a nasty argument, the authors somehow conjure up characters from their own books — their fantasy lovers made flesh. What ensues is a crazy and instructive night, in which Michael and Holly learn the wisdom of the adage "Be careful what you wish for." Of course, the authors rediscover one another...but their dream lovers have no intention of dematerializing.
The show will be staged with all the sparkle of a Broadway production. The outstanding cast features Santa Claire Hirsch and Joshua David Cavanaugh, from New York; Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal, from Norway; and Clara Dunham, from Mexico. The brilliant Canadian director Ken Albanese specializes in developing new musicals.