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Posted by: ShowGoer 01:38 pm EDT 04/23/21
In reply to: Camelot Running Time? - tocop 01:28 pm EDT 04/23/21

Unless you specified the BROADWAY run of Camelot (in which case you lose), I think you can safely leave the dollar on the table and say that neither of you has won that bet.

When the production premiered in Toronto, it definitely was longer than Les Miz (see link below) - some reports have at at 4 and a half hours, but it was definitely 3 and a half.
There’s no way it ran that long when it opened on Broadway, however - while I also can’t find an hour and minute running time, all you have to do is look at the published script, view other productions (the Richard Harris Broadway revival on DVD runs 2:30 exactly), and I think it’s safe to conclude that much like My Fair Lady, Fiddler, Cabaret, and other Golden Age shows, the original production ran close to 3 hours but not 3:15 or 3:20.
Given a few minutes grace time top of show, intermission, and exit music - and also to avoid overtime pay - I think it’s safe to say that by the time the show opened on Broadway they got it down to where the audience probably hit the street again right around the 3-hour mark.
Link https://ovrtur.com/production/2880041/trivia
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