The NYTW benefit evening begins at 7 PM with cocktails at Sardi’s, then continues across the street on West 44th at The Shubert Theater for the 8 PM performance followed by a post-show buffet and drinks back at Sardi’s with Tim Curry and members of the cast of Monty Python's Spamalot.
Tickets for the benefit, available at $750 and $1,000, can be purchased by calling New York Theatre Workshop at (212) 780-9037 x240. The $1,000 level ($825 of which is tax-deductible) includes both the pre-show cocktails and post-performance buffet at Sardi’s with orchestra seats, the $750 level ($625 tax-deductible) only includes pre show cocktails and the performance. All benefit ticket holders receive free parking at Meyers Times Square Garage (141 West 43rd Street, entrances on 43rd and 44th Streets).
Spamalot was recently nominated for 14 Tony Awards (the most this season) including noms for stars Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, Michael McGrath, Christopher Sieber and Sara Ramirez as well as the show's score, book, direction, choreography, designs, orchestrations and the musical itself.
Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directed the musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which landed at Broadway's Shubert for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening.
The self-proclaimed "lovingly ripped-off" show features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The new score with music and lyrics by Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda") also includes songs ("Brave Sir Robin" and "Knights of the Round Table") from the original film as well as Python signature "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.