New Regime: Groener, Moran and Kazee Succeed on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot
By Ernio Hernandez
Harry Groener is next in line for the throne (King Arthur's, that is) of Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway with Martin Moran and Steve Kazee as his knights Sir Robin and Sir Lancelot, respectively.
Moran (The Tricky Part, Cabaret) and Kazee (The Subject Was Roses, Seascape) will assume their knighthood April 4 at Broadway's Shubert Theatre to be joined by future king (and three-time Tony Award nominee) Groener (Crazy For You, Sunday in the Park with George) on April 25.
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" which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2005) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening.
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."
With 14 nominations at the 2005 Tony Awards, Spamalot took home prizes 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. A national tour launch March 7 from Boston's Colonial Theatre and performs as venues across the country through Aug. 2007. A London West End staging (starts Oct. 2 at the Palace Theatre with original Broadway star Tim Curry) and a Las Vegas run (at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's forthcoming Grail Theatre) are in the works.
The design team for Spamalot features Tim Hatley (set, costume), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Gregory Meeh (special effects) and ACME Sound Partners (sound).
The show website can be found at www.montypythonsspamalot.com.
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