by Hans ten Cate
Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Ticket sales for the Broadway run of Monty Python's SPAMALOT began on Monday, December 6. A special event was hosted at the Shubert theater in New York City, where the show will begin its preview run on February 14.

The Shubert box office opened on December 6th. The first one hundred ticket buyers received a free once-in-a-lifetime can of Hormel's new golden honey grail flavored SPAM (created specially to celebrate SPAMALOT’s debut on Broadway), and a free poster signed by Python alum and the show’s writer, Eric Idle.

Larger than life costumes of Spam cans and men dressed as knights lined the sidewalk of 44th Street in Manhattan, while director Mike Nichols played with the killer rabbit and sampled a SPAM sandwich.

With the ribbon cutting, tickets for the Broadway run of the show officially went on sale. Spamalot first plays a try-out in Chicago Dec 21 - Jan. 23, 2005, then begins previews in New York City on Feb. 14, with an opening night scheduled for Mar. 17.

The production is directed by Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle, music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John DuPrez and starring Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce and Hank Azaria.

The new marquee on the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street, New York, NY [Photo by Kate Stutzel] The official ribbon cutting begins sales of SPAMALOT on Broadway [Photo by Aubrey Reuben]
Mike Nichols, the director, fending off killer rabbits and eating SPAM [Photo by Aubrey Reuben] A colorful host of characters entertained the waiting ticket buyers [Photo by Robert Diamond]