Deep in the Heart: Monty Python's Spamalot Will Play Houston

News   Deep in the Heart: Monty Python's Spamalot Will Play Houston
Dates are set for the national tour of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas.

Cadillac Broadway Across America-Houston and Theatre Under The Stars present the four-week engagement, which will play May 22-June 17, 2007.

Casting was recently announced for the upcoming tour, to launch from Boston's Colonial Theatre (March 7-April 15) before heading to stops at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (April 19-June 4), Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre (June 6-July 9), Pittsburgh CLO's Benedum Center (Sept. 19-Oct. 1) and Atlanta's Fox Theatre from (Feb. 20-March 4, 2007). Further stops at major cities in the U.S. and Canada are yet to be announced.

Michael Siberry (The Sound of Music) wears the crown of King Arthur leading his Knights of the Round Table: Bradley Dean (Man of La Mancha) as Sir Galahad, Tom Deckman (Good Vibrations) as the Historian, Jeff Dumas (Wicked) as Patsy, Pia C. Glenn (The Frogs) as the Lady of the Lake, Christopher Gurr as Sir Bedevere, Richard Holmes (The Pillowman) as Sir Lancelot and David Turner (In My Life) as Sir Robin.

The company will also feature Kevin Burrows, Kevin Crewell, Callie Carter, Tim Federle, Robyn Hurder, Naomi Kakuk, Amanda Kloots, Gavin Lodge, Nikki Long, Justin Patterson, Mia Price, Darryl Semira, Christopher Sutton, Esther Stilwell, Paula Wise, Brandi Wooten and Craig Waletzko.

* Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs 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.

The self-proclaimed "lovingly ripped-off" show features a book by 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") also 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 tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God (voiced by a familiar actor) for the Holy Grail - with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot. The show boasts "a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight" (and those who say "Ni!") who all sing and dance.

The musical earned 14 nominations for the 2005 Tony Awards, winning prizes for Best Musical, Best Direction (Mike Nichols) and Featured Actress (Sara Ramirez).

The show website can be found at

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