Former Assassin Knighted for Broadway's Monty Python's Spamalot

News   Former Assassin Knighted for Broadway's Monty Python's Spamalot Jeffrey Kuhn — star of the Broadway revival of Assassins — joins the cast of Broadway's Monty Python's Spamalot Jan. 25.
Jeffrey Kuhn
Jeffrey Kuhn

Kuhn will assume the role of Sir Bedevere (who also doubles as Dennis's Mother and Concorde) joining the current cast which includes Jonathan Hadary, Martin Moran, David Hibbard, Rick Holmes, Tom Deckman, Lewis Cleale and Marin Mazzie.

The actor appeared on Broadway as Giuseppe Zangara in the Tony Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins and has also played in Wicked and the original company of Ragtime. Other credits include the recent CanStage world premiere of the musical, The Story of My Life, and the Playwrights Horizons concert staging of Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins.

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Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directed and Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone) choreographed the show inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2005) 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 for the Holy Grail - with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot. The musical 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") — 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 took home prizes at the 2005 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Direction (Nichols) and Featured Actress (Sara Ramirez). The original Decca Broadway cast album earned the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. A national tour currently performs across the country through Aug. 2007 while a Las Vegas run (at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Grail Theatre) begins previews March 8.

The show website can be found at www.montypythonsspamalot.com.