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“SPAMALOT BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF BROADWAY REIGN

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF BROADWAY REIGN TOMORROW

BROADWAY’S SUBLIMELY SILLY SMASH HIT

JOINS BROADWAY’S $1 MILLION CLUB AS IT ENTERS FINAL WEEK

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the funniest musical in the universe, will begin its final week of performances tomorrow at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). The show will end its reign on Broadway Sunday, January 11 following the evening performance, after 1,574 performances (and 35 previews).

For the week ending Sunday, January 4, SPAMALOT achieved its highest gross in over a year with $1,068,657.64 at the box office.

When Monty Python’s SPAMALOT closes on Broadway it will have grossed over $175,000,000 and will have been seen by more than 2 million people.  The musical recouped its entire investment in under six months, and the production holds the record for weekly gross sales in any Shubert theater ($1,407,586 for the week ending January 1, 2006).

A national touring production continues to do record business across North America after more than 30 months on the road. The musical recently opened in Barcelona, Spain (performed in Spanish) and will open soon in Germany.  Productions have also played in Las Vegas and Melbourne, Australia and the London production recently ended its extended run.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT opened on Broadway on March 17, 2005 to rave reviews and went to win 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. 

Cathleen McGuigan in Newsweek called Monty Python’s SPAMALOT “hilarious,” and went on to say “SPAMALOT’S infectious, irrepressible energy is contagious.”  

In the New Yorker, John Lahr proclaimed the show “An exhilarating, no-holds-barred smash hit!”

Monty Python’s 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

In addition, to the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT received the Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT also received:

  • Three Drama Desk Awards:
  • Outstanding Musical
  • Outstanding Lyrics (Eric Idle)
  • Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)
  • Four Outer Critics Circle Award
  • Outstanding Musical
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols)
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez)
  • Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)
  • Theatre World Award for Hank Azaria for outstanding Broadway debut
  • Drama League Citation for Sara Ramirez
  • The Clarence Derwent Award for Christian Borle for most promising male performer on the New York metropolitan scene.
  • The 2006 Grammyâ Award for Best Musical Show Album.

In addition to the myriad legitimate theatrical awards with which Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has been honored, it also holds The Guinness World Recordä for “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra” which was set on April 23, 2007 when 5,567 fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and accompanied original Python members Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam to “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”

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, a killer rabbit and one legless knight.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is produced by Ostar Boyett Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, and Live Nation. 

The set and costume design for Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is by Tony® Award-winner Tim Hatley, with lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. The musical director/vocal arranger is Todd Ellison.  Others on the creative and production teams include Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Todd Ellison (Musical Director), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O’Donovan (Production Manager).  101 Productions is the General Manager of the production.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT had its world premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre playing five sold out weeks (December 21, 2004 – January 23, 2005).  The musical began previews at New York’s Shubert Theatre on February 14, 2005 and opened on March 17, 2005.

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway cast recording of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is available on Decca Broadway.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT ticket info: Telecharge 212 239 6200 or www.telecharge.com.

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SPAMALOT TO CLOSE JANUARY 11, 2009

BROADWAY REIGN OF

 

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

 

TO END AT THE SHUBERT THEATRE

 

ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009

 

TONY AWARD® WINNING BEST MUSICAL OF 2005 WILL

HAVE PLAYED 1,574 PERFORMANCES AND 35 PREVIEWS

 

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the 2005 Tony Award® winning Broadway smash hit musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will play its last pair of coconuts on Sunday, January 11, 2009 following the evening performance, after 1,574 performances (and 35 previews) at the Shubert Theatre in New York.

 

The current cast of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT includes Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge who play ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ respectively, Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, Wally Dunn and David Hibbard.

 

Clay Aiken, who finishes his return engagement in the production on January 4, 2009, stars as Sir Robin.

 

When Monty Python’s SPAMALOT closes on Broadway it will have grossed over $175,000,000 and will have been seen by more than 2 million people.  The musical recouped its entire investment in under six months, and the production holds the record for weekly gross sales in any Shubert theater ($1,407,586 for the week ending January 1, 2006).

 

A national touring production continues to do record business across North America after more than 30 months on the road.  The West End production will complete a successful two year run at London’s Palace Theatre at the end of this year.  The musical recently opened in Barcelona, Spain (performed in Spanish) and will open soon in Germany.  Productions have also played in Las Vegas and Melbourne, Australia.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT opened on Broadway on March 17, 2005 to rave reviews and went to win 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. 

 

Cathleen McGuigan in Newsweek called Monty Python’s SPAMALOT “hilarious,” and went on to say “SPAMALOT’S infectious, irrepressible energy is contagious.”   

 

In the New Yorker, John Lahr proclaimed the show “An exhilarating, no-holds-barred smash hit!”

 

Monty Python’s 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.

 

In addition, to the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT received the Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT also received:

  • Three Drama Desk Awards:

§         Outstanding Musical

§         Outstanding Lyrics (Eric Idle)

§         Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)

  • Four Outer Critics Circle Award

§         Outstanding Musical

§         Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols)

§         Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez)

§         Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)

  • Theatre World Award for Hank Azaria for outstanding Broadway debut
  • Drama League Citation for Sara Ramirez
  • The Clarence Derwent Award for Christian Borle for most promising male performer on the New York metropolitan scene.
  • The 2006 Grammyâ Award for Best Musical Show Album.

 

In addition to the myriad legitimate theatrical awards with which Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has been honored, it also holds The Guinness World Recordä for “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra” which was set on April 23, 2007 when 5,567 fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and accompanied original Python members Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam to “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”

 

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, a killer rabbit and one legless knight.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is produced by Ostar Boyett Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, and Live Nation. 

 

The set and costume design for Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is by Tony® Award-winner Tim Hatley, with lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. The musical director/vocal arranger is Todd Ellison.  Others on the creative and production teams include Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Todd Ellison (Musical Director), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O’Donovan (Production Manager).  101 Productions is the General Manager of the production.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT had its world premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre playing five sold out weeks (December 21, 2004 – January 23, 2005).  The musical began previews at New York’s Shubert Theatre on February 14, 2005 and opened on March 17, 2005.

 

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway cast recording of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is available on Decca Broadway.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT ticket info: Telecharge 212 239 6200 or www.telecharge.com.

 

 

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SPAMALOT ANNOUNCES WINNER OF WRITE CLAY’S PLAYBILL BIOGRAPHY CONTEST

SPAMALOT’S CLAY AIKEN

ANNOUNCES WINNER OF

“WRITE CLAY’S PLAYBILL BIOGRAPHY” CONTEST

 

BIOGRAPHY NOW APPEARING IN SPAMALOT PLAYBILLS

AT BROADWAY’S SHUBERT THEATRE

 

Clay Aiken, currently starring in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, has announced the “Write Clay’s Playbill Biography Contest” winner. The contest offered members of his fan club the chance to write his official Playbill biography.

 

The contest winner is Jo-Anne Lopez of Carlsbad, CA. Her bio is currently appearing in the SPAMALOT Playbill at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street).

 

Jo-Anne’s winning bio is below:

 

CLAY AIKEN was born southwest of Finland, in Raleigh, NC, a little more than 29 years ago. Although his younger years were spent belting out tunes from atop piles of Sears carpet samples, his mature teenage years saw him cast in musical theater roles such as Singer #2 in his high school production of The Music Man which was met with enough success not  to get him cast in his final high school production. His ego thus bolstered,  he had more than enough incentive to audition for “American Idol” Season 2, the outcome of which (in the prophetic #2 spot) has made him arguably the most beloved  and successful contestant ever to have irritated Simon Cowell.  A best-selling book, UNICEF Ambassadorship and multiple platinum recordings later, six or seven sold-out nationwide tours notwithstanding, and after a first very successful run in Spamalot early this year, Clay is currently finding his second grail, on Broadway, right here at the Shubert.  For his next project, he plans to teach a modern Torah class.

 

 

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.

 

In addition to Aiken, Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge play ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ respectively. They are joined by 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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www.MontyPythonsSpamalot.com 

 

 

 

SPAMALOT TO CLOSE ON BROADWAY

BROADWAY REIGN OF

 

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

 

TO END AT THE SHUBERT THEATRE

 

ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009

 

TONY AWARD® WINNING BEST MUSICAL OF 2005 WILL

HAVE PLAYED 1,582 PERFORMANCES AND 35 PREVIEWS

 

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the 2005 Tony Award® winning Broadway smash hit musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will play its last pair of coconuts on Sunday, January 18, 2009 following the evening performance, after 1,582 performances (and 35 previews) at the Shubert Theatre in New York.

 

The current cast of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT includes Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge who play ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ respectively, Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, Wally Dunn and David Hibbard.

 

Clay Aiken, who finishes his return engagement in the production on January 4, 2009, stars as Sir Robin.

 

When Monty Python’s SPAMALOT closes on Broadway it will have grossed over $175,000,000 and will have been seen by more than 2 million people.  The musical recouped its entire investment in under six months, and the production holds the record for weekly gross sales in any Shubert theater ($1,407,586 for the week ending January 1, 2006).

 

A national touring production continues to do record business across North America after more than 30 months on the road.  The West End production will complete a successful two year run at London’s Palace Theatre at the end of this year.  The musical recently opened in Barcelona, Spain (performed in Spanish) and will open soon in Germany.  Productions have also played in Las Vegas and Melbourne, Australia.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT opened on Broadway on March 17, 2005 to rave reviews and went to win 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.  

 

Cathleen McGuigan in Newsweek called Monty Python’s SPAMALOT “hilarious,” and went on to say “SPAMALOT’S infectious, irrepressible energy is contagious.” 

 

In the New Yorker, John Lahr proclaimed the show “An exhilarating, no-holds-barred smash hit!”

 

Monty Python’s 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.

 

In addition, to the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT received the Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT also received:

  • Three Drama Desk Awards:
  • § Outstanding Musical
  • § Outstanding Lyrics (Eric Idle)
  • § Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)
  • Four Outer Critics Circle Award
  • § Outstanding Musical
  • § Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols)
  • § Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez)
  • § Outstanding Costume Design (Tim Hatley)
  • Theatre World Award for Hank Azaria for outstanding Broadway debut
  • Drama League Citation for Sara Ramirez
  • The Clarence Derwent Award for Christian Borle for most promising male performer on the New York metropolitan scene.
  • The 2006 Grammyâ Award for Best Musical Show Album.

 

In addition to the myriad legitimate theatrical awards with which Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has been honored, it also holds The Guinness World Recordä for “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra” which was set on April 23, 2007 when 5,567 fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and accompanied original Python members Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam to “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”

 

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, a killer rabbit and one legless knight.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is produced by Ostar Boyett Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, and Live Nation.  

 

The set and costume design for Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is by Tony® Award-winner Tim Hatley, with lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by ACME Sound Partners. The musical director/vocal arranger is Todd Ellison.  Others on the creative and production teams include Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Todd Ellison (Musical Director), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O’Donovan (Production Manager).  101 Productions is the General Manager of the production.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT had its world premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre playing five sold out weeks (December 21, 2004 – January 23, 2005).  The musical began previews at New York’s Shubert Theatre on February 14, 2005 and opened on March 17, 2005.

 

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway cast recording of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is available on Decca Broadway.

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT ticket info: Telecharge 212 239 6200 or www.telecharge.com.

 

 

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www.MontyPythonsSpamalot.com

 

SPAMALOT’S MICHAEL SIBERRY FEATURED ON BROADWAY WORLD

SPAMALOT’S

MICHAEL SIBERRY

FEATURED ON BROADWAY WORLD

 

TO READ Q&A WITH CAMELOT’S REIGNING KING ARTHUR

CLICK HERE

 

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…

 

TO READ THE FULL FEATURE,

CLICK HERE

 

 

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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www.MontyPythonsSpamalot.com 

SPAMALOT WELCOMES BACK CLAY AIKEN

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

WELCOMES BACK

CLAY AIKEN

TONIGHT AT THE SHUBERT THEATRE

 

ONLY “AMERICAN IDOL” FINALIST

TO SLAY THE VICIOUS CHICKEN OF BRISTOL

TRIUMPHANTLY RETURNS TO BROADWAY

 

Tonight, Clay Aiken, returns to the cast on Monty Python’s SPAMALOT at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). Earlier this year, Aiken made his triumphant Broadway with the show earning glowing reviews from the New York press and wild enthusiasm from his legion of fans.

 

Newsday said “Aiken is a charmer” and the Associated Press said that “Clay Aiken deftly handles supremely silly.”

 

Aiken will return to the role of ‘Sir Robin’ and will join the Broadway company that is headed by Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge as ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Lady of the Lake’ respectively. They are joined by Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, Wally Dunn, and David Hibbard.

 

Clay Aiken became a music superstar following his success on the “American Idol” television series, and has sold more than six million albums; co-authored a best-selling book; and, played six sold-out concert tours, said “Since leaving SPAMALOT in May, jokes have just not been funny. Food has lost its taste. The grass is no longer green — the sky no longer blue. And, babies WON’T stop crying!! I’m so excited about coming back to the funniest show in the world!” 

 

This spring, Aiken released his fourth album, On My Way Here, his first album of original songs since his 2003 chart topping, double platinum debut Measure of a Man. On My Way Here‘s debut in Billboard Magazine’s Top 5 continued his streak of all four of his albums having debuted in the Top 5.  

 

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.

 

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. The musical was honored with three 2008 Broadway.com Audience Awards including Favorite Long Running Musical.

 

In addition, to the Tony Award for Best Musical, SPAMALOT received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).

 

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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www.MontyPythonsSpamalot.com 

SPAMALOT WELCOMES MICHAEL SIBERRY AND DAVID HIBBARD

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

WELCOMES

MICHAEL SIBERRY & DAVID HIBBARD

TONIGHT TO BROADWAY’S SHUBERT THEATRE

 

KILLER RABBITS TREMBLE AS NEW KING ARTHUR

& RETURNING PATSY ASSUME BROADWAY REIGN

 

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the funniest show in the world, welcomes Michael Siberry and David Hibbard to the roles of ‘King Arthur’ and ‘Patsy’ respectively. Siberry and Hibbard will begin performances tonight at the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street).

 

Siberry joins the Broadway production having originated the role of ‘King Arthur’ in SPAMALOT‘s North American tour. Hibbard returns to Camelot in the role of ‘Patsy,’ Arthur’s faithful manservant.

 

Siberry and Hibbard join Merle Dandridge as ‘Lady of the Lake,’ Tom Deckman, Rick Holmes, Bradley Dean, and Wally Dunn. On Friday, September 19, music superstar Clay Aiken returns to the role of ‘Sir Robin.’

 

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.

 

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. The musical was honored with three 2008 Broadway.com Audience Awards including Favorite Long Running Musical.

 

In addition, to the Tony Award for Best Musical, SPAMALOT received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).

 

BIOGRAPHIES

MICHAEL SIBERRY (King Arthur). Broadway credits include Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music opposite Rebecca Luker. He starred as “King Arthur” in the National tour of Spamalot. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael performed such roles as Parrolles in All’s Well That Ends Well, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby, which toured to Los Angeles and Broadway. London credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Giles in Alan Ayckbourne’s House & Garden at the National Theatre of Great Britain. He has recently been seen in Peter Hall’s As You Like It (Theatre Royal, Bath), Candida (McCarter Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (McCarter Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse). Film and Television credits include: Silent Witness, The Grand, Jeeves and Wooster, Under the Hammer and Victoria & Albert. Raised in Tasmania Australia, Michael is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

 

DAVID HIBBARD (Mayor, Patsy, Guard 2). Broadway: A Class Act (Bobby/Michael Bennett; cast album RCA Victor Broadway); Once Upon a Mattress SJP revival (Jester; cast album RCA Victor Broadway); Cats (Rum Tum Tugger; 2,197 performances). New York: Encores! Can-Can with Patti LuPone, Forbidden B’way Strikes Back!, Lincoln Center Theater’s Anything Goes benefit. Numerous television and radio commercials and documentary narrations. Music education degree from Ohio State University. Enjoys life as a teacher at NYU’s CAP21 Studios.

 

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