In Your General Direction: Monty Python's Spamalot Sends Broadway a Valentine as New Musical Begins

News   In Your General Direction: Monty Python's Spamalot Sends Broadway a Valentine as New Musical Begins Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria and the company of Monty Python's Spamalot plan a Valentine's Day massacre — of laughter and song — as the new musical begins on Broadway, Feb. 14.
Christopher Sieber and Sara Ramirez in Spamalot
Christopher Sieber and Sara Ramirez in Spamalot Photo by Joan Marcus

Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs the musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which lands at Broadway's Shubert Theatre 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.

Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail. The show will boast "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.”

Featuring a completely new score with music and lyrics by 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 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. The ensemble includes John Bolton, Christian Borle, Brad Bradley, Thomas Cannizzaro, Kevin Covert, Jennifer Frankel, Lisa Gajda, Jenny Hill, Emily Hsu, James Ludwig, Abbey O'Brien, Ariel Reid, Pamela Remler, Greg Reuter, Brian Shepard, Rick Spaans, Scott Taylor and Darlene Wilson.

The musical played its world premiere at Chicago's Shubert Theatre and has already recorded the show's score for an upcoming original cast album release on Decca Broadway.

The Chicago run included the songs "Fisch Schlapping Song," "King Arthur’s Song," "I Am Not Dead Yet," "Come With Me," "The Song That Goes Like This," "Burn Her!," "All For One," "Knights of the Round Table," "The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise)," "Find Your Grail," "The Cow Song," "Run Away," "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "Brave Sir Robin," "You Won’t Succeed on Broadway," "The Diva’s Lament," "Where Are You?," "Here Are You," "His Name is Lancelot," "I’m All Alone," "The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise)," "The Holy Grail" and "Find Your Grail Finale - Medley."

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.

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

From Left: David Hyde Pierce (with the Chicken of Bristol), Hank Azaria, Christopher Sieber, Steve Rosen and Tim Curry in <i>Spamalot</i>
From Left: David Hyde Pierce (with the Chicken of Bristol), Hank Azaria, Christopher Sieber, Steve Rosen and Tim Curry in Spamalot Photo by Joan Marcus
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