Halloween Treat: Marin Mazzie and Jonathan Hadary Begin Broadway Reign in Spamalot Oct. 31

News   Halloween Treat: Marin Mazzie and Jonathan Hadary Begin Broadway Reign in Spamalot Oct. 31 Broadway veterans Marin Mazzie and Jonathan Hadary return to the New York stage Oct. 31 when they join the cast of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python's Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre.
Marin Mazzie
Marin Mazzie Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Mazzie will emerge from the waters as the Lady of the Lake, taking over for Lauren Kennedy, who herself succeeded Tony winner Sara Ramirez. Hadary lays claim to the throne of King Arthur, following Harry Groener's recent reign.

Her roles in Ragtime, Passion and Kiss Me, Kate earned Mazzie three Tony Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include Into the Woods, Big River and The World Goes 'Round as well as turns in City Center Encores! productions of Kismet and Out of this World.

Last seen on Broadway in the 2006 revival of Awake and Sing!, Hadary is also a former Tony nominee for his performance as Herbie in the 1989 revival of Gypsy. He has also appeared on Broadway in All Shook Up, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Guys and Dolls, As Is, Torch Song Trilogy and Gemini.

The actors join the current cast, which features Martin Moran (The Tricky Part, Cabaret) as Sir Robin, Lewis Cleale (Amour, Once Upon a Mattress) as Sir Dennis Galahad and Chris Hoch (Dracula, Beauty and the Beast) in the role of Sir Lancelot.

* 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 launched earlier this year from Boston's Colonial Theatre and performs as venues across the country through Aug. 2007. A Las Vegas run (at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's forthcoming Grail Theatre) is in the works.

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

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