by Hans ten Cate (based on Ernio Hernandez's
article on Playbill.com)
Sunday, 19 March 2006
Broadway's Tony Award winning-musical Monty
Python's Spamalot celebrated its first anniversary March 17 at
the Shubert Theatre in New York City.
Even though Spamalot had a successful pre-run in Chicago and started
in New York's Shubert Theatre on St. Valentine's Day (February 14, 2005),
the officially had its opening night on St. Patrick's Day last year
(March 17, 2005).
At the year mark, Spamalot has acquired a number of noteworthy achievements:
- The musical earned 14 nominations for the 2005 Tony Awards, winning
prizes for Best Musical, Best Direction (Nichols) and Featured Actress
- The original Decca Broadway cast album earned the 2006 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Show Album.
- The national tour launch March 7 from Boston's Colonial Theatre
(with scheduled plans to hit 11 more venues through August 2007).
- The London West End staging begins October 2 at the Palace Theatre,
with original Broadway star Tim Curry to star as King Arthur (Simon
Russell Beale, currently playing King Arthur on Broadway, will take
over from Curry in 2007).
- A Las Vegas run at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's forthcoming Grail
Theatre is slated for 2007.
- The Broadway run continues to play to capacity crowds, breaking
a number of house records for the Shubert Theatre and grossing among
the top shows on Broadway.
Other fun facts about the past year (kudos to those who actually kept
track of this):
- 6,592 pounds of confetti has been shot over the audience during
- It has taken four people 37,080 hours to clean it up
- 70,692 t-shirts have been sold ("I'm Not Dead Yet" is
the best seller)
- 25,260 coconuts have been sold (technically 12,630 pairs "since
one coconut won't do you much good in the sound department")
- 3,759 killer bunny puppets and 9,515 cans of special edition Spam
have been sold.