|Rude Frenchmen, cancan dancers, the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, Killer rabbits, catapulting cows, and the somewhat odd Knights who say “ni” are just part of the adventures and dangers awaiting King Arthur and his knights of the very very very round table in their quest for the holy grail.
Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is the fresh Broadway hit and irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. It was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including Best New Musical for 2005. During its initial run, it was seen by more than two million people.
In addition to its run on Broadway and UK’s West End along with three North American tours, Spamalot has played to enthusiastic audiences in Australia, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Norway, and Poland.
Directed by Michael Barnard, Artistic Director of Phoenix Theatre since 1999, Mr. Barnard has over 500 productions to his credit from New York to Los Angeles. For PCPA he has directed and/or choreographed Tommy, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Forever Plaid, Barnum, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies, Evita, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Leading the quest is King Arthur (Joseph Cannon) with his trusty servant Patsy (Billy Breed). Playing his gallant knights – and a broad assortment of other characters – are Erik Stein* as Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave, Michael Jenkinson* as Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, George Walker as Sir Galahad, the Dashingly Handsome, Leo Cortez as Sir Bedevere, the Strangely Flatulent, and Karin Hendricks as The Lady of the Lake.
The design team features Musical Director Callum Morris, Choreographer Michael Jenkinson, Scenic Designer DeAnne Kennedy, Costume Designer Frederick P. Deeben, Lighting Designer Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow, Sound Designer Elisabeth Rebel, and PCPA’s newest resident company member, Stage Manager Jaimie L. Johnson*.
There are – if only briefly – references to “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” skits, The Lumberjack Song, Spam, Dead Parrot Sketch, while some of Broadway’s musicals are skewered along the way including a spoof of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Les Miserables, and The Producers.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal John Cleese (founding member of Monty Python) said, “I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen.”
|Disclaimer: Spamalot pokes fun at almost everyone and everything, even Broadway musicals. It is most appropriate for children 12 and older who can appreciate the unique Pythonesque sense of humor that –without apology – can appear cheeky, impertinent, irreverent, disrespectful, and sometimes just plain rude…but to the sophisticated and discerning eye, it is silliness raised to an art form and all good fun. But, please, if you are easily offended, take King Arthur’s advice and “Run away!”
“[Spamalot] exploits about every opportunity that a piece of musical theater can offer, all the while laughing at itself for being a musical.”
“If Monty Python’s Spamalot didn’t offend you, then you may have not been paying attention. Or, maybe you were laughing too hard to realize you had been offended….
“Spamalot, the holy grail of fun”
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