Cast Album of Monty Python's Spamalot Reaches 100,000 in Sales

News   Cast Album of Monty Python's Spamalot Reaches 100,000 in Sales The Decca Broadway original cast recording of Broadway's new Tony Award-winning musical Monty Python's Spamalot has sold more than 100,000 copies since the album's release in May.

Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria and the original company of the musical recorded the album at New York City's Right Track Studios Feb. 7. The release date was May 3.

"If all of those albums had been sold in Finland," reads a release, "the cast recording would have achieved triple platinum status according to the standards set by IFPI, the Finnish recording industry association."

Featuring a completely new score with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda"), Spamalot also includes songs ("Brave Sir Robin" and "Knights of the Round Table") from the original film.

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.

Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs the musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The musical ended its world premiere at Chicago's Shubert Theatre Jan. 23 and headed for the Broadway Shubert for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God (voiced by a familiar actor) for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot. The show boasts "a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight" who sing and dance. (Python devotees will be happy to know The Knights Who Say "Ni!" also make an appearance.)

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. "Tuning"
2. "Overture"
3. "Historian's Introduction to Act I"
4. "Finland / Fisch Schlapping Dance"
5. "Monks / He Is Not Dead Yet"
6. "Come With Me"
7. "Laker Girls Cheer"
8. "The Song That Goes Like This"
9. "He Is Not Dead Yet - Play Off"
10. "All For One"
11. "Knights of the Round Table / The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise)"
12. "Find Your Grail"
13. "Run Away!"
14. "Intermission"
15. "Historian's Introduction To Act II"
16. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
17. "Brave Sir Robin "
18. "You Won't Succeed On Broadway"
19. "Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened To My Part?)"
20. "Where Are You?"
21. "His Name Is Lancelot"
22. "I'm All Alone"
23. "Twice In Every Show"
24. "Act II Finale"
25. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Company Bow"

The new musical opened with Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Show, "Clue") as King Arthur, David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," The Heidi Chronicles) as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria ("The Birdcage," Sexual Perversity in Chicago) as Sir Lancelot, Christopher Seiber (Into The Woods) as Sir Galahad, Michael McGrath (Wonderful Town) as Patsy et al., Steve Rosen (The Golem) as Sir Bedevere and Sara Ramirez (A Class Act) as The Lady of the Lake.

Todd Ellison is musical director and vocal arranger. Larry Hochman provides orchestrations, Glen Kelly handles music arrangements and Michael Keller is musical coordinator.

The design team for Spamalot features Tim Hatley (set, costume), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Gregory Meeh (special effects) and ACME Sound Partners (sound). Ostar Boyett Productions produces.

For more information, visit the show website at www.montypythonsspamalot.com.

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