Monty Python's Spamalot opened on Broadway March 17, 2005, at the Shubert Theatre, starring Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, David Hyde-Pierce, Sara Ramirez, Christian Borle, Christopher Sieber, and Steve Rosen. The show took home prizes at the 2005 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Direction (Mike Nichols), and Featured Actress (Sara Ramirez). A hit, the show ran for 1,575 performances.
Spamalot (inspired by the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail) 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" who sing and dance. (Python devotees will be happy to know The Knights Who Say "Ni!" also make an appearance.)
Look Back at Spamalot on Broadway
The self-proclaimed "lovingly ripped-off" show 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.
Featuring a completely new score with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda"), Spamalot also includes songs ("Brave Sir Robin" and "Knights of the Round Table") from the original film. The Decca Broadway original cast recording of the show has already sold more than 100,000 copies since the album's release in May. Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs the musical which made its world premiere at Chicago's Shubert Theatre then landed at Broadway's Shubert for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening.