Tony-Winning Spamalot Ends Broadway Reign Jan. 11

By Andrew Gans
11 Jan 2009

Spamalot's Lady: Merle Dandridge
Spamalot's Lady: Merle Dandridge
Photo by Joan Marcus

The search for the Holy Grail comes to an end Jan. 11 when the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, plays its final performance at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.

Two performances of Spamalot will be presented Jan. 11, at 2 and 7 PM.

When it closes, the musical will have played a total of 35 previews and 1,574 regular performances. (The musical had been scheduled to end its run Jan. 18, but the closing date was changed one week due to the downturn in the economy.)

The New York company currently features Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge, who play, respectively, King Arthur and Lady of the Lake, with Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, Wally Dunn, Martin Moran and David Hibbard.

When Spamalot closes, it will have grossed over $175,000,000 and will have been seen by more than two million people. The musical recouped its entire investment in under six months.



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).

Spamalot celebrated its third anniversary on Broadway March 18, 2008.

For more information visit www.montypythonsspamalot.com.