Nichols' recently directed the version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America for HBO which earned a record-breaking 11 Emmy Awards for miniseries. The Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has also won an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1968 classic "The Graduate." His numerous credits on stage include Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, The Apple Tree, The Little Foxes, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Comedians, The Gin Game, The Real Thing, Hurlyburly, Waiting for Godot and The Seagull.
Monty Python's Spamalot features a new score, co-composed by Eric Idle and John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda"), and a libretto "lovingly ripped-off" from the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The original screenplay was co written with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") staged the new musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre Feb. 14 for 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 as King Arthur, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot, Christopher Seiber as Sir Galahad, Michael McGrath as Patsy et al., Steve Rosen as Sir Bedevere and Sara Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake. The show, which was just nominated for Best Musical of the 2004-2005 Season by the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle, also set a new house record at Broadway's Shubert Theatre, with a net gross of $905,222.92 for the 8-performance week ending April 24, 2005. It surpassed the previous record set by Gypsy of $903,525.
For more information, visit the show website at www.montypythonsspamalot.com.