Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot to Close in October

News   Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot to Close in October The national tour of the Tony-winning Monty Python's Spamalot will play its final performance Oct. 18 in Costa Mesa, CA.

When it closes, the musical's tour will have played 1,408 performances over 101 separate engagements throughout North America, to an audience estimated at nearly 3.6 million people.

The Spamalot tour began in Boston in March 2006 and recouped its original investment in less than nine months on the road.

The national tour is expected to have grossed more than $167 million at the time of closing.

Spamalot features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, direction by Mike Nichols, choreography by Casey Nicholaw and is based on the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The musical 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. Spamalot earned the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and took home honors for direction (Mike Nichols) and one of its stars (Sara Ramirez).

Monty Python's Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, ended its reign at Broadway's Shubert Theatre Jan. 11.