MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT TO FEATURE ALL STAR CAST
press release (many thanks to Jackie Green of Boneau /Bryan-Brown)
Sunday, 18 July 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT

starring

David Hyde Pierce    Tim Curry    Hank Azaria

The Musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture
MONTY PYTHON and the Holy Grail

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

Directed by Mike Nichols

World Premiere engagement December 21 2004 - January 16 2005
at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre

Broadway previews begin February 7, 2005; Opening March 10, 2005
at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre

David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria will head the cast of the eagerly anticipated new musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a new musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, begins previews at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th St.) on February 7, 2005 and opens on March 10, 2005. SPAMALOT will arrive on Broadway following a four-week World Premiere engagement at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre (December 21, 2004 – January 16, 2005).

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.

Three of today’s most celebrated and popular stars of stage and screen will lead the musical quest for the elusive Holy Grail. SPAMALOT will star Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (Sir Robin) who is best known from television’s “Frasier”; two time Tony Award-nominee Tim Curry (King Arthur), who rose to international fame with The Rocky Horror Show and subsequent Rocky Horror Picture Show; and, Hank Azaria (Sir Lancelot), Emmy Award-winner for “The Simpsons” and star of television shows and films. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

SPAMALOT is produced by Ostar Boyett Productions.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight who create unforgettable musical production numbers that Eric Idle promises will be “as good as or quite likely better than any other show with killer rabbits and a legless knight opening on Broadway or in Chicago this season.”

The set and costume design for SPAMALOT will be by Tony® Award-winner Tim Hatley, with lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. The musical director will be Todd Ellison and the choreographer will be Casey Nicholaw. Others on the creative and production teams include Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O’Donovan (Production Manager).

David Hyde Pierce (Sir Robin) appeared on Broadway in Beyond Therapy and The Heidi Chronicles, and at The New York Shakespeare Festival in Hamlet, along with many other Off-Broadway and regional stage productions. His films include Little Man Tate, The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, Nixon and A Bug’s Life. Internationally known for his role as Dr. Niles Crane in “Frasier, “ his acting honors include three Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tim Curry (King Arthur) shot to stardom in the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, and subsequently in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He received Tony Award nominations for his roles in My Favorite Year and Amadeus, and has also starred on Broadway in Travesties, and in London in Pirates Of Penzance, Rivals, Love For Love, and Threepenny Opera. Also an Emmy nominated television star and known for roles in feature films such as Clue, Home Alone 2, The Hunt for Red October, The Three Musketeers, and Charlie’s Angels, Tim can be seen in Kinsey opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney this fall.

Hank Azaria (Sir Lancelot) was most recently seen on stage in the London production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He won three Emmy Awards for his numerous roles in the hit animated series “The Simpsons” and one for “Tuesdays with Morrie.” His films include The Birdcage, Great Expectations, Along Came Polly, Cradle Will Rock, America’s Sweethearts, Pretty Woman and Grosse Pointe Blank among many others. He won a Dramalogue Award for his performance in Conspicuous Consumption. He will star in Showtime’s upcoming fall series “Huff.”

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.” He is currently working on the film of Patrick Marber’s Closer.

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 - A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and recently crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus will be published by Harper Collins in February 2005. His long awaited sequel Rutles 2, “Can’t Buy Me Lunch” will be released by Warner Video in March. 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, and 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.

“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. It comes from a line in the movie which goes: ‘I eat jam, and ham and Spam a lot.’”

FINAL NOTE:

SPAMALOT will only play at theatres called Shubert. If someone tries to convince you you’re seeing SPAMALOT, and you find you’re not at a theatre called Shubert, you’re in the wrong place. Now. Run away.