press release
Thursday, 26 February 2004

Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Musical ripped off from the motion picture
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

with book by Eric Idle
and music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez

Directed by Mike Nichols

World Premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre in December 2004
Prior to Broadway

CHICAGO (February 26, 2004) - And now for something completely musical.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a new fully-staged musical officially ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will make its World Premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, 22 W. Monroe St, December 21, 2004 through January 16, 2005 - prior to Broadway! Tickets are currently on sale for groups of 20 or more. SPAMALOT is part of the Neumann Homes Broadway In Chicago 2004-2005 Season Series.

Directed by Mike Nichols, SPAMALOT features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Monty Python creators, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with an entirely new score featuring music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, along with three songs from the 1975 film.

SPAMALOT is produced by Ostar Boyett Productions.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the
quest for the Holy Grail, in song, SPAMALOT features a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits and dancing divas who create unforgettable musical production numbers that Eric Idle promises will be “almost as good as anything else opening in Chicago that week.”

Casting for the actors who will portray the more than 30 characters in SPAMALOT has begun. The set design for SPAMALOT will be by Tony® Award-winner Tim Hatley.

Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the great American directors in film, theater and television. He won an Oscar® for “The Graduate,” six Tony® Awards, and recently received the Directors’ Guild of America Award for Lifetime Achievement and for the direction of the HBO adaptation of “Angels in America.”

Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars; The Rutles; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies and on television and recently toured America with Eric Idle’s Greedy Bastard Tour. There's no saying what he might do next...

John Du Prez has composed over twenty feature film scores including "A Fish Called Wanda," "A Private Function," "The Meaning of Life," "Personal Services," "UHF," & "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978.

Monty Python isn't a person, but a group of British actors and writers (and one American) that performed their famous comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on the BBC from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent international fame and success.

Tim Hatley (set designer) won 2002 Tony® and Drama Desk awards for Private Lives on Broadway and the 2002 Olivier Award for Humble Boy and Private Lives in the West End. His other Broadway credits include Vincent in Brixton, The Crucible and Stanley.

“I like the title SPAMALOT a lot,” says Eric Idle. “We tested it with audiences on my recent US tour and they liked it as much as I did, which is gratifying. After all, they are the ones who will be paying Broadway prices to see the show. It comes from a line in the movie which goes: ‘I eat jam, and ham and Spam a lot.’”

SPAMALOT will play Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, 22 W. Monroe St, Tuesday, December 21, 2004 through Sunday, January 16, 2005. Priority seating for SPAMALOT is available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710 or by subscribing to the Neumann Homes Broadway In Chicago 2004-2005 Season Series. Season Series tickets will go on sale for current Season ticket holders in early March. Sales for new Season ticket holders will begin in mid-April.