SPAMALOT NEWS AND UPDATES
by Hans ten Cate
Monday, 23 May 2005

Here is the latest news and recent happenings involving Monty Python's Spamalot...

Help Monty Python's Spamalot Win!

Broadway.com is running an audience awards poll for this year's broadway shows and Spamalot has a few nominations!

I am hereby urging fans everywhere to band together and show your love for Eric, Spamalot, and the cast! Go to the link below and cast your vote for the show. Spamalot is trailing in a few categories (but not all!), so we need to make up for some lost ground... let's help Spamalot get a Best Musical win on Broadway.com too!!!

Visit the competition page or go directly to the voting page.

Hurry though! Voting ends May 25th...

Hank Azaria's Summer Replacement Announced

Stage and screen star Alan Tudyk will fill in for Tony Award nominee Hank Azaria when the actor takes his leave from Spamalot later this Summer.

Azaria will take a break from his Broadway debut June 6 to return to filming on his Showtime drama series "Huff." Spamalot will continue to star Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber, Steve Rosen, Michael McGrath, Sara Ramirez and Christian Borle through the remainder of 2005. Azaria will return to his Spamalot roles (Lancelot, The French Taunter, Knight of Ni and Tim the Enchanter) once shooting of Huff is completed this November.

Tudyk recently played one of the lead roles in I, Robot (he played the robot) with Wil Smith and provided a very memorable performance as the red-haired Wat Falhurst in 2001's A Knight's Tale. Tudyk is no stranger to theater, as he won a 1997 Theatre World Award for his off-Broadway debut in Bunny Bunny, based on the life of Gilda Radner.

Python Author Kim "Howard" Johnson on Spamalot

Science fiction magazine Starlog has published Kim "Howard" Johnson's superlative article about Monty Python's Spamalot this month. The June issue (#335) is now on newsstands and features a lavishly illustrated five-page article about the show.

Included is a brief synopsis of the members' post-Python careers, particularly Eric's, and how he and John Du Prez orchestrated the musical from concept to reality.

Howard has been a frequent contributor to Starlog over the last few decades and has written no fewer than 16 articles about the Pythons as individuals as well as a group. Be sure and check out this month's issue for a great overview of Spamalot!

Hank Azaria Honored with Theatre World Award

Hank Azaria is being recognized for his talents as a first timer on the Broadway Stage. He will be honored at the 2005 Theatre World Awards. The honors are awarded to performers for making their first major New York stage appearance (Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts). The 61st awards ceremony will take place May 23 at Studio 54.

Created in 1944 by Theatre World founders Daniel Blum, Norman McDonald, and John Willis, the Theatre World Awards are the oldest awards given for debut performances in New York City, as well as one of the oldest honors bestowed on New York actors.

A committee of New York drama critics currently chooses six actors and six actresses for the Theatre World Award, who have distinguished themselves in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions during the past theatre season.

Celebrating at the Drama Desk Awards were Spamalot cast members David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Christian Borle, Casey Nicholaw, and Michael McGrath

Cast Attends Drama Desk Awards

This past Sunday, May 22, Spamalot won three Drama Desk Awards, including one for Outstanding Musical. Spamalot had been nominated for 12 awards.

The Drama Desks are the last major award show before the coveted Tony Awards on June 5th.

The cast of Spamalot were on-hand to celebrate the winners, including nominees Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Christian Borle, Michael McGrath, and Casey Nicholaw (choreography).

Spamalot's Steve Rose Honored

Steve Rosen, who made his Broadway debut as Sir Bedevere, Dennis Galahad’s Mother and Concorde in Monty Python’s Spamalot will be featured at the third season of Broadway Spotlight. Broadway Spotlight brings bright new stars of the Great White Way to perform solo in an intimate theater at Ars Nova.

Rosen's sudden climb to Broadway fame was an unexpected one. For over two years, he was making his living as an audition reader for various Broadway shows. Early in 2004, casting agent Tara Rubin asked Rosen if he would be interested in reading with those auditioning for Spamalot. He said "yes," and was eventually offered an audition and then the chance to originate a role on Broadway; Spamalot marks his Broadway debut.

Broadway Spotlight: Steve Rosen will be on Monday, June 13th at 8 PM.

Spamalot Makes iTunes Splash

Spamalot: the original Broadway cast recording CD was released on May 3 and has been doing brisk sales. The album was also added to Apple Computer's iTunes where fans can sample and buy the album or purchase individual tracks. The album was ranked among iTunes' top 10 albums for several weeks and is still in the top 10 in the soundtracks category today.

On May 3rd, Eric Idle was also featured on iTunes among the "Celebrity Playlists," where visitors can buy a few of Eric's favorite music tracks. Eric chose 11 songs from various rock and pop artists including Paul Simon's "Late In the Evening," Bob Dylan's "Moonlight," The Rolling Stones' "Far Away Eyes," Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley. Eric of course also threw in a "Monty Python" favorite, "Sit on My Face," as he puts it, "For the sentiment."

The album can also be purchased on Amazon.com and at your local music stores.

Spamalot Cast Members Now on Famous Restaurant Wall

Spamalot stars David, Tim, and Hank pose with their respective caricatures at Sardi's restaurant

On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Hank Azaria and David Hyde Pierce had their caricature's unvelieved on the legendary walls of Sardi's restaurant. The success of Spamalot and their Tony nominated roles earned them a spot on the coveted walls of the restaurant, where ink-and-watercolor portraits of 100s of theater celebrities have hung.

In the heart of New York's Theater District at 234 West 44th Street, Sardi's has now been the toast of Broadway for 82 years. Hank, David, and Tim Curry were in attendance.