Monty Python's Spamalot, as previously reported, is planning a Broadway return for
the St. James Theatre, with performances beginning October 31 prior to an official opening night November 16. The new production of the 2005 musical comes
to the Main Stem following a run at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center
earlier this year, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, who will
return to stage the Broadway bow.
The cast will be led by Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress) as Patsy, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton) as King Arthur, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer (Beetlejuice) as The Lady of the Lake, Tony nominee Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) as The Historian/Prince Herbert, Jimmy Smagula (Billy Elliot) as Sir Bedevere, Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Shrinking, Torch Song) as Sir Robin, and Nik Walker (Hamilton) as Sir Galahad. Iglehart, Kritzer, Smagula, Urie, and Walker will be reprising their roles from the
Kennedy Center engagement. Additional casting, including the role of Lancelot, will be announced at a later date.
The work features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by Idle and John Du Prez, "lovingly ripped off" from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Its first Broadway outing earned 14 Tony nods and won three, including Best Musical. The musical follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail, complete with coconut-shell horse hooves, shrubbery, the Knights Who Say "Ni!," and more.
"I’m thrilled to see Spamalot back on Broadway,” said Idle in an earlier statement. “More than ever, it seems we need a good laugh and it's inspiring to see audiences still embracing this, the most happy of shows I have ever worked on. So put the News Cycle on Rinse Cycle, and take a couple of hours to relax with the Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, and the Knights Who Say Ni because we're not dead yet!"
The transfer will mark the first production from Kennedy Center's Broadway Center Stage series to make it to Broadway. Jeffrey Finn, who is the artistic director of the series, is producing the Broadway revival as well.
“As we near the almost 20th anniversary of the original production, it is a great honor to restore Spamalot's place on Broadway for fans who have longed for its return and for new audiences to meet the Knights of the Round Table for the first time,” added Finn. “I’m thrilled to continue the Kennedy Center’s legacy of bringing great productions from D.C. to audiences in the town that never sleeps—Camelot!...I mean, New York!”
The production will also have scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Kai Harada and Haley Parcher, wig design by Tom Watson and music direction by John Bell. Casting is by JZ Casting.
For ticket information visit SpamalotTheMusical.com.
See photos from the Kennedy Center run below: