Spamalot — winner of three 2005 Tony® Awards including best musical — follows the exploits of King Arthur and his knights as they encounter killer rabbits, flatulent Frenchmen and a legless knight. The mock medieval knights carry dull-pointed swords, but their wit is razor sharp and knows no mercy. The play pokes fun at almost everyone and everything, from venerable legends such as King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable, to God, Broadway musicals, and The Black Plague. From fairytales to fairies, all take some ribbing.
Eric Idle, one of the original Monty Python sketch comedy crew, wrote the script and cowrote the music for this stage version of the 1974 classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Many of the best-loved lines and naughty bits are captured onstage and surrounded by hilarious song and dance lampoons, tap dances, soft shoes, high-kicking Las Vegas showgirls and the Fisch Schlapping Finns who start the show in colorful lunacy because they thought the narrator said “Finland” instead of “Britain.”
This production was directed and choreographed by Amy Marie McCleary, and stars Jason Loete, John Ramsey, Matthew Schmidt and Elizabeth Urbancyk. Local favorites Robby May, Miguel Cintron, and Trey Compton also return to Herb Strauss Theater to keeps the laughs rolling in this shameless parade of puns and slapstick. Spamalot’s book and lyrics were created by Eric Idle, a member of the original Monty Python team, in collaboration with John Du Prez.
The Sunday Times says Spamalot “raises silliness to an art form,” and The New Yorker hails it as “a no-holds-barred smash hit.”
Performances of Monty Python’s Spamalot are 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, January 11 – February 16, and matinées 2 p.m. January 23 and February 6. Opening Night Reception, 7 p.m. Friday, January 11. Tickets are $42, Child 17 and Under $20. Herb Strauss Theater’s season continues with The Marvelous Wonderettes (February 22 – March 23), Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle (February 24 – March 10), and Fully Committed (March 29 – April 27).
Monty Python’s Spamalot is supported by Herb Strauss Theater Season Sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company http://www.sancaptrustco.com/
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Monty Python's SPAMALOT
Book & Lyrics by ERIC IDLE
Music by JOHN DU PREZ & ERIC IDLE
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Original Broadway Production produced by Boyett Ostar Productions,The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz,Elan V McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Producers Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, Live Nation