Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directed 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.
At the year mark, Spamalot has acquired a number of accolades and continues to find success:
The Broadway run continues to play to capacity crowds, breaking house records and grossing among the top shows. Other fun facts about the past year:
3,759 killer bunny puppets and 9,515 cans of special edition Spam have been sold. 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. The score features music and lyrics by Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda") and 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 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.