Spamalot — winner of three 2005 Tony® Awards including best musical — is a musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the 1974 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
In the show King Arthur (played by Jason Loete), traveling with his servant Patsy (Andy Meyers), recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere (Miguel Cintron), Sir Robin (John Ramsey), Sir Lancelot (Matthew Alan Schmidt), and Sir Galahad (Robby May). Besides the rabbits and flatulent Frenchman, they meet such characters as the The Lady of the Lake (Elizabeth Urbanczyk), Prince Herbert (Trey Compton), beautiful dancing girls, mobs of minstrels, and the dreadful Knights of Ni.
Classic Broadway also gets spoofed along the way in Spamalot, and everything is fair game, from A Chorus Line to West Side Story to Fiddler on the Roof. This production was directed and choreographed by Amy Marie McCleary, with musical direction by Michael Sebastian.
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 withThe 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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Call the Box Office for Group Discount Rates, ten or more people, for each show. Additional matinée performances may also be added at the special request of groups with large numbers.
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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