Monty Python's Spamalot Cast Album Snags Grammy Award

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The Broadway cast album for Monty Python's Spamalot won the Grammy Award in the Best Musical Show Album category Feb. 8, besting discs of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Light in the Piazza, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the Actors' Fund benefit concert recording of Hair.

Composer John Du Prez and composer-lyricist Eric Idle served as producers on the Decca Broadway release featuring original stars David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria & Sara Ramirez. A spokesman for the show confirmed the Grammy win.

Spamalot is a mostly new score that also includes songs ("Brave Sir Robin" and "Knights of the Round Table") from the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," on which the musical is based.

In the show's second act showstopper, "Diva's Lament," Idle references the very prize he received (the recording industry prize), when the Lady of the Lake quips "I've no Grammy, no Rewards, I've no Tony Awards, I'm constantly replaced with Britney Spears." The show has now ironically earned both prizes.

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") directed the musical which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre for a 2005 St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening. 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 CBS-TV will broadcast the 48th Annual Grammy Awards Feb. 8 at 8PM ET. The annual ceremony, presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The detailed list of nominees in the category follows:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Billy Straus & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast including John Lithgow & Norbert Leo Butz) [Ghostlight Records]

Hair Kurt Deutsch & Joel Moss, producers (Galt MacDermot, composer; James Rado & Gerome Ragni, lyricists) (The Actors' Fund of America Benefit Recording) [Ghostlight Records]

The Light in the Piazza Steven Epstein, producer; Adam Guettel, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast including Victoria Clark & Kelli O'Hara) [Nonesuch]

Monty Python's Spamalot John Du Prez & Eric Idle, producers; John Du Prez, composer; Eric Idle, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast including David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria & Sara Ramirez) [Decca Broadway]

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kurt Deutsch & Joel Moss, producers; William Finn, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast) [Razor & Tie/Ghostlight Records] For a complete list of this year's nominations, visit www.grammy.com.

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