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July 22 - September 17, 2016

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people.  Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad.  On their way, they meet the Lady of the Lake, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say Ni. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

In 2005, a brand new musical took Broadway by storm. Opening at the Shubert Theatre, Monty Python’s Spamalot brought together a cast and creative team of comedy heavyweights to create one of the most irreverent and entertaining musical comedies of all time. The cast was led by Tim Curry and included David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azari, Christopher Siebert, Christian Borle, and Sara Ramirez. With a score by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, and under the direction of legendary director Mike Nichols, the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail came to life on the New York stage.

The show was an instant success, both with critics and audiences. When awards season rolled around, Spamalot received fourteen Tony nominations, taking home the prize for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Nichols), and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ramirez). It also won the Drama Desk Award for Best New Musical of 2015.

By the time Spamalot closed on January 11, 2009, after four years on Broadway, it had played 34 previews and almost 1,600 regular performances. Over two million people had seen the show and it had made over $175 million.

    By Susan Brall, DCMetro Theater Arts