Original Pythonite Eric Idle Joins Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Spamalot at Hollywood Bowl | Playbill

News Original Pythonite Eric Idle Joins Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Spamalot at Hollywood Bowl Initial casting has been announced for The Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Monty Python's Spamalot, the parody of the Arthurian Legend that won the Tony for Best Musical in 2005, which will be presented July 31-Aug. 2.

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Directed by BT McNicholl, the limited engagement will also feature choreography by Scott Taylor. Todd Ellison will conduct the famed orchestra.

The cast will be headed by Merle Dandridge as The Lady of the Lake, Warwick Davis as Patsy, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Sir Robin, Eric Idle as the Historian and Craig Robinson as King Arthur. Additional casting is to be announced.

Idle, who wrote the book and lyrics and is co-composer of Spamalot, said in a statement, “To celebrate ten years since Monty Python’s Spamalot opened on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Musical of the Year I am proud to join a hand-picked cast of seriously funny people for three nights of fun at my favorite venue: The Bollywood Hole.”

Monty Python’s Spamalot, according to press notes, "tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rabbit and a legless knight."

Monty Python’s Spamalot has book and lyrics by Idle, and music by John Du Prez and Idle. "Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,'" by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, Spamalot had its Broadway debut in 2005, directed by Mike Nichols.

Single tickets for the 2015 Hollywood Bowl season go on sale May 3; visit HollywoodBowl.com.

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