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Michael Siberry, who is currently starring as ‘King Arthur’ in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, is currently being featured on Broadway World.


Siberry, a native Australian and accomplished Shakespearean actor, spoke to reporter Eugene Lovendusky about creating the role of ‘King Arthur’ for the North American tour and joining the Broadway company of SPAMALOT.


Below is an excerpt from the Q&A:


Michael Siberry: New King’s on the Block
by Eugene Lovendusky

Broadway World.com



Monty Python’s SPAMALOT recently welcomed Michael Siberry to the Broadway company after originating the role of King Arthur in the national tour and performing it for two years.


Australian-native Michael Siberry is an alumnus of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and made his Broadway debut in the RSC’s revival of Nicholas Nickleby. He returned to Broadway as Gratiano in the Dustin Hoffman and Sir Peter Hall production of The Merchant of Venice. His roles in London have included Charles Surface in the School for Scandal, the Actor in The Woman in Black, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream; and Osbourne in Journey’s End. Other performances in the US have included Baron Von Trapp in the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music; Shakespeare in The Frogs (Lincoln Centre); and Touchstone in As You Like It (London & US Tour).


Between hunts for the Holy Grail and calculating the distance a swallow can flying whilst carrying a coconut, Michael Siberry found a moment to chat with BroadwayWorld about his time performing the gilded role in the hyperbolic (and supremely comical) Kingdom of Camelot…


EUGENE LOVENDUSKY: Congratulations; you’re 4-weeks in since putting on the Broadway crown… How’s it feel?


MICHAEL SIBERRY: It feels great. I’d been doing it on the road for just over 2-years and it’s great being on Broadway – coming into town. Different from the road company, but there are a lot of people here now whom I performed with on the road, so it’s very nice. I’m feeling very much at home.



EUGENE: After two years, King Arthur’s definitely “in” you, so to speak. How did you get involved with Spamalot in the first place?


MICHAEL: I was in England doing a play called Journey’s End, and the SPAMALOT producers asked me to audition for the London production. When they realized I had a green-card (because I’ve come backwards and forwards to America quite a bit over the years) they asked if I wanted to tour. I thought it would be a fantastic way to see the country! I said “Yeah” and it’s been the greatest trip I can imagine. Most people who come from overseas spend their time in New York or the West Coast, so it was just an opportunity to see places I’ve never seen…






MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, the Tony Award winning musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is currently playing at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th St.). 


SPAMALOT won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical.


Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge play ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ respectively. They are joined by “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken, Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, Wally Dunn and David Hibbard.


SPAMALOT features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, direction by Mike Nichols, choreography by Casey Nicholaw and is 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 with two songs from the 1975 film and the Python classic “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” from 1979’s The Life of Brian.


Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, a killer rabbit and one legless knight.


MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT ticket info: Tickets range from $116.50 – $36.50. Telecharge 212-239- 6200 or www.telecharge.com.


PLAYING SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday matinee at 2 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM.


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