|Original cast members David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot,
Christopher Sieber as Sir Dennis Galahad, Steven Rosen as Sir Bedevere, and Tim
Curry as King Arthur. © 2004 Joan Marcus
What's next for the big Broadway musical SPAMALOT which takes an irreverent look at .. well, nearly everything, especially big Broadway musicals? A London production, a touring company, and Las Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn is building a special theater just to hold this hilarious musical. Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," SPAMALOT tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail. It features "a chorus line of legless knights, men in tights (with legs), killer rabbits and sexy dancing divas." The show won the 2005 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
SPAMALOT has been playing to sold out audiences in New York since its debut in January of 2004. This year it opened in London in January with original cast member Tim Curry reprising his role as King Arthur. Spamalot moves to the Palace Theatre in London's West End on October 17th and Curry has committed to stay on in the role until January 2007 when he hands over the role to multi award-winning Simon Russell Beale, who is currently wooing audiences as King Arthur at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway.
Tim Curry as King Arthur
Touring Company and Las Vegas
SPAMALOT began touring in March of 2006 in Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC. The company is appearing in Cinncinati, OH from now until the 29th, then on to Charlotte, NC (Nov 28–Dec 10), Detroit, MI (Dec 12–Jan 6, 2007), Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Jan 9–Jan 21, 2007), and Rodchester, NY (Apr 24–May 6, 2007).
SPAMALOT will open in a new custom built "Spamalot Experience and Grail Theatre," at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas in March of 2007 where it is scheduled to run 12 times a week for the next 10 years! The play is being reworked to fit into the 90 minute Las Vegas format like other Broadway musicals playing in Vegas. According to their contract with casino owner, Steve Wynn, Spamalot will not be touring in California, Nevada, or Arizona while it is showing in Las Vegas. Wynn says, "One of the things I've missed in Las Vegas is wit - something that is really funny." This comedy musical has it all.
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Now for something completely different..the original musical! British stage and film legend MICHAEL YORK ("Romeo and Juliet," "The Three Musketeers," "Cabaret," and "Austin Powers") stars in a magnificent new production of Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece at he LaSalle Bank Theater in Chicago next May. Tickets are already on sale. The plot revolves around the relationship of Queen Guinevere, her husband, King Arthur, and her lover, Sir Lancelot. The splendid, memorable score includes the romantic and haunting If Ever I Would Leave You, the captivating How to Handle a Woman, and the majestic Camelot. If you are going to be anywhere near Chicago next May, make a point to see one of history's greatest love stories and classic Broadway musicals starring a great actor.
Actor Sam Neill ("Merlin," "Jurassic Park," "Wimbeldon"), Jeremy Northam ("Gosford Park," "The Net," and "Emma") and Henry Cavill ("The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Tristan & Isolde") have just joined the cast of the new SHOWTIME dramatic series THE TUDORS, which stars Golden Globe-winner Jonathan Rhys-Meyers ("Mission: Impossible III," "Match Point," "Elvis") as a young Henry VIII. Ten episodes have been ordered and is the series is scheduled to premier on the network in early 2007 after filming is completed in Ireland. Neill portrays Cardinal Wolsey, Northam plays Sir Thomas More, and Cavill portrays Charles Brandon.
THE TUDORS will focus on the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year omnipotent reign (1509-1547) of England. In addition to marriages with famous female consorts Catherine of Aragon and the infamous Anne Boleyn, the series delves into Henry's most notable political relationships, including those with philosopher Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey, head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and Henry VIII's closest friend.
CASTLES & DREAMS brings the live concert experience of Blackmore's Night to you. Beautifully filmed and edited, this 230 minute double DVD set has incredible sound. The concert is in DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital, and PCM Stereo. Most of the 22 concert songs are subtitled so you can follow along with the lyrics in your choice of English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, or Czech.
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