Idle Chat: Monty Python's Spamalot Creator Appears on "Theater Talk," March 25

News   Idle Chat: Monty Python's Spamalot Creator Appears on "Theater Talk," March 25
 
Eric Idle — the Monty Python member who created the current Broadway musical Spamalot — will appear on "Theater Talk" March 25 at midnight (ET). Check local listings.

Idle provides Spamalot with a new score, co-composed by John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda"), and its libretto, "lovingly ripped-off" from the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The screenplay was co-written with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs the new musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre Feb. 14 toward a March 17 opening.

Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail. The show boasts "a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight who create unforgettable musical production." Creator Eric Idle, in the show's announcement, promises it will be "as good as or quite likely better than any other show with killer rabbits and a legless knight opening on Broadway this season.”

The new musical stars 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.

"Theater Talk" is hosted by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. The half-hour show airs late Friday nights at midnight on WNET/Thirteen. Check local listings for other air times. For more information, visit www.theatertalk.org.

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