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
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,
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
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.
5 STAR REVIEW: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT AT WAY OFF
By Susan Brall, DCMetro Theater Arts