Shubert Theatre, (3/17/2005 - 1/11/2009)

First Preview: Feb 14, 2005
Opening Date: Mar 17, 2005
Closing Date: Jan 11, 2009
Total Previews: 34
Total Performances: 1575

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President), Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland, Lawrence Horowitz, Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, TGA Entertainment, Ltd., Clear Channel Entertainment and Jam Theatricals; Associate Producer: Randi Grossman and Tisch/Avnet Financial

Book by Eric Idle; Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle; Based on the screenplay "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" by Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman; Musical Director: Todd Ellison; Music orchestrated by Larry Hochman; Music arranged by Glen Kelly; Vocal arrangements by Todd Ellison

Directed by Mike Nichols; Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw; Associate Director: Peter Lawrence; Associate Choreographer: Darlene Wilson

Make-Up Design by Joseph A. Campayno; Scenic Design by Tim Hatley; Costume Design by Tim Hatley; Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown; Projection Design by Elaine J. McCarthy; Associate Scenic Design: Paul Weimer; Associate Costume Design: Scott Traugott; Costume Associate: Ilona Somogyi; Associate Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg; Moving Light Programmer: Laura Frank; Associate Projection Design: Gareth Smith; Puppetry Consultant: Michael Curry

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Elie Landau

Production Manager: Gene O'Donovan and Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Jim Woolley and Rachel Wolff

Conducted by Todd Ellison; Associate Conductor: Ethyl Will; Concert Master: Ann Labin; Violin: Ann Labin, Maura Giannini and Ming Yeh; Viola: Richard Brice; Cello: Diane Barere; Alto sax, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe: Ken Dybisz; Tenor sax, Clarinet, Bassoon: Alden C. Banta; Trumpet: John Chudoba and Anthony Gorruso; Trombone: Mark Patterson; French Horn: Zohar Schondorf; Keyboard 1: Ethyl Will; Keyboard 2 and Accordion: Antony Geralis; Electric/Acoustic guitars, Banjo: Scott Kuney; Acoustic & electric bass: Dave Kuhn; Drums/Percussion: Sean McDaniel; Percussion, Mallets, Timpani: Dave Mancuso; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller

Special Effects by Gregory Meeh; Associate Special Effects: Vivien Leone; Magic Consultant: Marshall Magoon

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing: HHC Marketing; Dance Captain: Pamela Remler and Scott Taylor; Fight direction by David DeBesse; Fight Captain: Greg Reuter; Production Associate: Lisa Gilbar; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus; Vocal Coach: Kate Wilson

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Opening Night Cast

Hank Azaria
Broadway debut
Sir Lancelot
(Feb 14, 2005 - Jun 05, 2005)
The French Taunter
(Feb 14, 2005 - Jun 05, 2005)
Knight of Ni
(Feb 14, 2005 - Jun 05, 2005)
Tim the Enchanter
(Feb 14, 2005 - Jun 05, 2005)
Tim CurryKing Arthur
(Feb 14, 2005 - Dec 18, 2005)
David Hyde PierceSir Robin
(Feb 14, 2005 - Mar 31, 2006)
Guard 1
(Feb 14, 2005 - Mar 31, 2006)
Brother Maynard
(Feb 14, 2005 - Mar 31, 2006)
Christian BorleHistorian
Not Dead Fred
French Guard
Minstrel
Prince Herbert
Michael McGrathMayor
Patsy
Guard 2
Sara RamirezThe Lady of the Lake
(Feb 14, 2005 - Dec 18, 2005)
Steve RosenDennis's Mother
Sir Bedevere
Concorde
Christopher SieberSir Dennis Galahad
The Black Knight
Prince Herbert's Father
Brad BradleyMinstrel
Sir Bors
Ensemble
Thomas CannizzaroFrench Guard
Ensemble
John CleeseGod
Recorded voice only
Kevin CovertSir Not Appearing
Ensemble
Jennifer FrankelEnsemble
Lisa GajdaEnsemble
Jenny HillEnsemble
Emily HsuMinstrel
Ensemble
Abbey O'BrienEnsemble
Ariel ReidEnsemble
Greg ReuterFrench Guard
Minstrel
Ensemble
Brian ShepardEnsemble
Scott TaylorEnsemble

Swings: Pamela Remler and Rick Spaans

Standby: John Bolton (King Arthur, Sir Bedevere, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin), James Ludwig (Historian, Not Dead Fred, Patsy, Prince Herbert, Sir Bedevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin) and Darlene Wilson (The Lady of the Lake)

Understudies: Brad Bradley

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2005 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President), Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland, Lawrence Horowitz, Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, Ltd. and Clear Channel Entertainment

 2005 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Eric Idle

 2005 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle

 2005 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Hank Azaria

 2005 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Tim Curry

 2005 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Michael McGrath

 2005 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christopher Sieber

winner 2005 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Sara Ramirez

 2005 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

winner 2005 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Mike Nichols

 2005 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Hochman

 2005 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Tim Hatley

 2005 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Tim Hatley

 2005 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Hugh Vanstone

Drama Desk Award

winner 2005 Outstanding New Musical [winner] 

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President), Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland, Lawrence Horowitz, Élan V. McAllister, Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, TGA Entertainment, Ltd. and Clear Channel Entertainment

 2005 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Eric Idle

 2005 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Hank Azaria

 2005 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

David Hyde Pierce

 2005 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Christian Borle

 2005 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Michael McGrath

 2005 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

 2005 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Mike Nichols

 2005 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Hochman

winner 2005 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by Eric Idle

 2005 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Tim Hatley

winner 2005 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Tim Hatley

Theatre World

winner 2005 Award [recipient] 

Hank Azaria

Songs

music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez; lyrics by Eric Idle

ACT 1 Sung By
Fisch Schlapping Song
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Historian, Mayor and Villagers
King Arthur's Song
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
King Arthur and Patsy
I Am Not Dead Yet
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Not Dead Fred, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin and Bodies
Come With Me
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
King Arthur, The Lady of the Lake and Laker Girls
The Song That Goes Like This
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Sir Dennis Galahad and The Lady of the Lake
All for One
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad and Sir Bedevere
Knights of the Round Table
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Camelot Dancers
The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise)
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Lady of the Lake
Find Your Grail
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Knights and Grail Girls
Run Away
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
French Taunters, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Bedevere, French Guards and French Citizens
ACT 2 Sung By
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Patsy, King Arthur and Knights of Ni
Brave Sir Robin
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Sir Robin and Minstrels
You Won't Succeed on Broadway
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Sir Robin and Ensemble
The Diva's Lament
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Lady of the Lake
Where Are You?
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Prince Herbert
Here Are You
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Prince Herbert
His Name Is Lancelot
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
Sir Lancelot, Prince Herbert and Ensemble
I'm All Alone
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
King Arthur and Patsy
The Song That Goes Like This (Reprise)
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Lady of the Lake and King Arthur
The Holy Grail
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Knights
Find Your Grail Finale - Medley
(music by Eric Idle and John Du Prez)
The Company

Reviews


AP: "Surrender to Bits in 'Spamalot'"

The silly season is now upon us, and there may only be one way to deal with the comic lunacy currently holding forth on stage at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Surrender.

Otherwise, you will find yourself at sea during "Monty Python's Spamalot," a lavish, live-action, aggressively antic version of a certain cult movie put together three decades ago by a group of seriously funny Brits.

You have to be grateful that its creators, as well as its savvy director, Mike Nichols, didn't call the show, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail - the Musical," the film on which this show is based and which includes the line, "'I eat ham and jam and spam a lot!"

Its authors have had to walk a precarious line - pleasing those fanatical Python fans who have committed the entire movie script to memory while satisfying other theatergoers who never have heard of the Killer Rabbit, the Knights who say "Ni" or that cheeky French soldier who hurls insults such as "your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"

For much of the time, they succeed.

The original Python bits, still witty after all those years, are replicated with surprising authenticity by a strong cast that includes David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria.

Curry, with his delightful Cheshire cat grin, has a natural authority as Arthur, the king in search of a few knights to help him find the Holy Grail. He's the glue that holds together the episodic story line, concocted from the original by Python veteran Eric Idle, who also wrote the sprightly lyrics and co-wrote the music with John Du Prez.

The two others play multiple roles. Pierce spends most of the evening as the brave Sir Robin, the less-than-courageous knight, while Azaria is particularly fine as the odious French taunter and as Tim the Enchanter.

Which brings us to the rest of the musical. To fill out the story, ldle has added a new plot, in which Arthur and his knights must perform that most daunting of tasks - bringing a musical to Broadway.

This allows ldle and company to poke fun at the entire genre, from "Fiddler on the Roof" to "The Phantom of the Opera." The attempt is similar to what Gerard Alessandrini has been doing so well off-Broadway for more than two decades with his "Forbidden Broadway" revues. Only "Spamalot" does it on a much more lavish scale – and with middling success.

The show indulges every bit of musical-comedy madness - tweaking, twirling and more often that not sending up those cliches so dear to hearts of those who love shows. In Act I, there's a particularly delicious spoof of Las Vegas revues that features some gloriously tacky dance routines by the show's promising choreographer, Casey Nicholaw, and a star turn by Sara Ramirez, who seems to be channeling Liza Minnelli by way of Cher.

Ramirez is a voluptuous, vocally powerful siren who plays the Lady in the Lake, a part that basically evaporates after intermission. So the authors have given her a song called "The Diva's Lament" in the second half to complain about her role. Unfortunately, it fizzles into strenuousness.

One of the most consistent pleasures in "Spamalot" is watching several members of the supporting cast get a moment in the spotlight.

Besides Ramirez, they include Michael McGrath, a superb song-and-dance man, playing Arthur's dutiful factotum, the aptly named Patsy. He brings down the house with a Gene Kelly-inspired number called "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," a song actually lifted from another Python film, "Life of Brian."

Christopher Sieber, gets to primp as Sir (Dennis) Galahad, and ham it up with Ramirez as they work their way hilariously through an Andrew Lloyd Webber-style love duet called "The Song That Goes Like This."

And Christian Borle is endearingly goofy as Not Dead Fred, the song-and-dance corpse, and as Herbert, the gayest of princes, who finds a soul mate in Sir Lancelot, played by Azaria. If their big number predictably recycles Peter Allen (with a bit of Carmen Miranda thrown in for good measure), they play the cliche for all it's worth.

Another cliche that gets a workout - and uproarious audience approval - is a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song that has Sir Robin proclaiming, "You won't succeed on Broadway if don't have any Jews," a topic mined with greater wit (believe it or not) in "The Producers."

But then recognition seems to be the name of the game in "Spamalot" - whether in the show's celebration of its cinematic predecessor, the collective works of the American and British musical theater or politically incorrect stereotypes. Nichols and company make it go down easily. And besides, that Killer Rabbit sure is cute.


AP
03/17/2005

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Shubert Theatre

(3/17/2005 - 1/11/2009)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Justin Sweeney; Company Manager: Edward Nelson; Associate Co. Mgr: Katharine Croke.

Stage Manager: Chad Lewis, Sheri K. Turner; Production Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Frank Lombardi; Stage Manager: Allison A. Lee, Kenneth McGee.

Associate Conductor: Antony Geralis; Assistant Conductor: Randy Cohen; Trumpet 1: Craig Johnson; French Horn: Theresa MacDonnell; Keyboard 1: Randy Cohen.

Dance Captain: Rick Spaans(circa. 2007 - ?), Beth Johnson(circa. 2007 - ?), Lee A. Wilkins, Callie Carter; Fight Captain: Thomas Cannizzaro.

Cast

Clay Aiken
Brother Maynard (Jan 18, 2008 - May 4, 2008)
Guard 1 (Jan 18, 2008 - May 4, 2008)
Sir Robin (Jan 18, 2008 - May 4, 2008)
Brother Maynard (Sep 19, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009)
Guard 1 (Sep 19, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009)
Sir Robin (Sep 19, 2008 - Jan 4, 2009)
Hank Azaria
Sir Lancelot (Dec 2, 2005 - Apr 2, 2006)
Simon Russell Beale
King Arthur (Dec 20, 2005 - ?)
John Bolton
During Tim Curry's vacation
King Arthur (Jul 22, 2005 - Aug 7, 2005)
Jonathan Brody
Ensemble
French Guard
Lewis Cleale
Prince Herbert's Father (Jul 5, 2006 - ?)
Sir Dennis Galahad (Jul 5, 2006 - ?)
The Black Knight (Jul 5, 2006 - ?)
Stephen Collins
King Arthur (Jun 24, 2008 - ?)
Kevin Covert
Monk
Kevin Crewell
Ensemble
Monk
Sir Not Appearing
Matthew Crowle
Ensemble
Nun
Merle Dandridge
The Lady of the Lake (Sep 2, 2008 - ?)
Jeff Dattilo
Concorde
Dennis's Mother
Sir Bedevere
Bradley Dean
Prince Herbert's Father (Mar 25, 2008 - ?)
Sir Dennis Galahad (Mar 25, 2008 - ?)
The Black Knight (Mar 25, 2008 - ?)
Tom Deckman
French Guard
Historian
Minstrel
Not Dead Fred
Prince Herbert
Wally Dunn
Sir Bedevere (Jun 17, 2008 - ?)
Andrew Fitch
Ensemble
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Ensemble
Minstrel
Harry Groener
King Arthur (Apr 25, 2006 - ?)
Jonathan Hadary
King Arthur (Oct 31, 2006 - ?)
Amy Heggins
Ensemble
David Hibbard
Guard 2
Mayor
Patsy
Patsy (Sep 16, 2008 - ?)
Chris Hoch
Sir Lancelot (Oct 3, 2006 - ?)
Rick Holmes
Knight of Ni
Sir Lancelot
The French Taunter
Tim the Enchanter
Steve Kazee
Knight of Ni (Apr 4, 2006 - Oct 1, 2006)
Sir Lancelot (Apr 4, 2006 - Oct 1, 2006)
The French Taunter (Apr 4, 2006 - Oct 1, 2006)
Tim the Enchanter (Apr 4, 2006 - Oct 1, 2006)
Lauren Kennedy
The Lady of the Lake (Dec 20, 2005 - ?)
Kristie Kerwin
Ensemble
Jeffrey Kuhn
Concorde
Dennis's Mother
Sir Bedevere
Drew Lachey
Guard 2 (Jun 24, 2008 - ?)
Mayor (Jun 24, 2008 - ?)
Patsy (Jun 24, 2008 - ?)
Gavin Lodge
Ensemble
French Guard
Minstrel
Lindsay Lopez
Ensemble
Minstrel
Joanne Manning
Ensemble (Feb 21, 2006 - Mar 12, 2006)
Brian J. Marcum
Ensemble
Sir Bors
Minstrel
Marin Mazzie
The Lady of the Lake (Oct 31, 2006 - Jan 13, 2008)
The Lady of the Lake (Jun 17, 2008 - Aug 31, 2008)
Martin Moran
Brother Maynard (Apr 4, 2006 - ?)
Guard 1 (Apr 4, 2006 - ?)
Sir Robin (Apr 4, 2006 - ?)
Brother Maynard (Jan 6, 2009 - Jan 11, 2009)
Guard 1 (Jan 6, 2009 - Jan 11, 2009)
Sir Robin (Jan 6, 2009 - Jan 11, 2009)
Brad Oscar
Concorde (Dec 18, 2007 - ?)
Dennis's Mother (Dec 18, 2007 - ?)
Sir Bedevere (Dec 18, 2007 - ?)
Robert Petkoff
Returns after playing Sir Robin in the National Tour
Sir Robin (May 6, 2008 - ?)
Steve Rosen
Concorde (Apr 29, 2008 - ?)
Dennis's Mother (Apr 29, 2008 - ?)
Sir Bedevere (Apr 29, 2008 - ?)
Brian Shepard
Nun
Michael Siberry
King Arthur (Sep 16, 2008 - ?)
Christopher Sieber
Prince Herbert's Father (May 1, 2007 - Mar 23, 2008)
Sir Dennis Galahad (May 1, 2007 - Mar 23, 2008)
The Black Knight (May 1, 2007 - Mar 23, 2008)
Vanessa Sonon
Ensemble
Alan Tudyk
during Hank Azaria's hiatus
Sir Lancelot (Jun 7, 2005 - Dec 1, 2005)
Hannah Waddingham
The Lady of the Lake (Jan 13, 2008 - ?)
Patrick Wetzel
Ensemble
Monk
Sir Not Appearing
Brandi Wooten
Ensemble




Standbys: Napiera Groves (The Lady of the Lake), Rosena M. Hill (The Lady of the Lake), Anthony Holds (King Arthur, Sir Bedevere, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin), Drew McVety (King Arthur, Sir Bedevere, Sir Dennis Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin), Michael O'Donnell (Brother Maynard, Dennis's Mother, Historian, Mayor, Patsy, Prince Herbert, Sir Bedevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin, The French Taunter).



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