Monty Python's Spamalot to Head Down Under

News   Monty Python's Spamalot to Head Down Under Having conquered Broadway, the West End and other venues across the U.S., Monty Python's Spamalot will continue its quest when the 2005 Best Musical Tony Award winner heads to Australia.
Top to Bottom: Thomas Cannizzaro, Christian Borle, Hank Azaria and Greg Reuter in the original Broadway company of Spamalot.
Top to Bottom: Thomas Cannizzaro, Christian Borle, Hank Azaria and Greg Reuter in the original Broadway company of Spamalot. Photo by Joan Marcus

The musical will play at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne starting Nov. 23 with an official opening set for Dec. 8. Tickets will go on sale in July. Casting will be announced later. "In revenge for the cricket, we are sending you Spamalot," said creator Eric Idle adding, "actually we are anxious to see how the show plays upside down."

  Boyett Ostar Productions, lead producer of the Broadway, London and Las Vegas productions, heads up the production team in Australia.

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."

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.

The show is currently on a national tour; a Las Vegas run is forthcoming, and the show continues on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre and in London at the Palace Theatre.

For more information visit www.montypythonsspamalot.com.

Sara Ramirez and Company in the original Broadway cast of <i>Spamalot</i>.
Sara Ramirez and Company in the original Broadway cast of Spamalot. Photo by Joan Marcus
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