Experience the zany world of Monty Python’s Spamalot as it rounds back to the St. James Theatre this November 16! After its sold-out Kennedy Center engagement, the Tony Award-winning musical prepares for a renewed run until April 28, with previews available as early as October 31. Join brave King Arthur (James Monroe Iglehart), the ever-loyal Patsy (Christopher Fitzgerald), and the Knights of the Round Table in their quest for the elusive Holy Grail. In about two hours, audiences will witness the most bewildering comedy adventure on Broadway, with special appearances from the Lady of the Lake, a gassy Frenchman, and a murderous rabbit. Inspired by “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Spamalot invokes a hilariously bonkers image of the renowned Arthurian canon. Eric Idle wrote the production’s book and lyrics, sharing music writing credits with composer John Du Prez. Outer Critics Circle Award winner Josh Rhodes, meanwhile, contributes his insightful direction and choreography. Book your tickets now and be there on the opening night of Monty Python’s Spamalot!
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“IT’S UNFAIR TO MAKE ME LAUGH THIS MUCH! SPAMALOT IS A TIGHTLY PACKED CLOWN CAR SPEEDING TO MUSICAL THEATER NIRVANA!” – The Washington Post
“IT IS TWO HOURS OF SOLID, MUSICAL FUN AND INTENTIONAL SILLINESS PERFORMED BY AN ENERGETIC ENSEMBLE OF PLAYERS.” – Broadway World
Grab your trusty coconuts and gallop alongside the not-quite-Arthurian legends of Monty Python’s Spamalot as it rises once more to conquer Broadway! This year’s production first held a record-breaking sold-out run at the Kennedy Center, moving here to the esteemed St. James Theatre for a new series of shows starting on November 16, with previews commencing on October 31.
Monty Python’s Spamalot “lovingly ripped off” the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail film, which itself is a satirical take on the enduring legend of King Arthur—like an outlandishly theatrical game of telephone. Clocking in at about two hours plus intermission, this irreverent musical comedy features the lyrics and book by Monty Python’s wordplay wiz, Eric Idle, with a Grammy Award-winning score by him and composer John Du Prez. Direction and choreography, meanwhile, will be handled by two-time Outer Critics Circle Award winner Josh Rhodes.
Set out on a grand adventure with the noble King Arthur and his loyal servant Patsy as they seek out the most stupendous relic of them all—the Holy Grail! Together, they will recruit the silliest Knights of the Round Table and meet the mystical Lady of the Lake, blissfully unaware of the perils, challenges, and confusion ahead. Flying cows. Flatulent Frenchmen. Killer rabbits. It’s a fever dream of mythical proportions, so get ready to bellow mighty fits of laughter because the wit and weirdness of it will have you by the short hairs.
“IT’S A DANDY, FAMILY FRIENDLY-ISH PRODUCTION WITH MORE LAUGHS THAN IT KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH.” – Intermission Magazine
Most of the principal cast from the Kennedy Center production will return to fill in King Arthur’s court, featuring Tony Award winners, nominees, and Broadway favorites.
- Christopher Fitzgerald as Patsy
- James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur
- Taran Killam as Lancelot
- Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as The Lady of the Lake
- Ethan Slater as Historian/Prince Herbert
- Jimmy Smagula as Sir Bedevere
- Michael Urie as Sir Robin
- Nik Walker as Sir Galahad
Taran Killam will perform as Lancelot until January 7, after which Alex Brightman will take over on the ninth of the same month. Our supporting cast, on the other hand, is composed of these diligent stage performers on standby, swing, and ensemble duties.
- David Josefsberg as Standby for Sir Lancelot, Sir Robin, Sir Bedevere, & Patsy
- Graham Stevens as Standby for King Arthur, Galahad, Bedevere, & Lancelot
- Daniel Beeman, Maria Briggs, Gabriela Enriquez, Michael Fatica, Denis Lambert, Shina Ann Morris, Kaylee Olson, Kristin Piro, Drew Redington, and Tyler Roberts as Ensembles
- Anju Cloud, Darrel T. Joe, Lily Kaufmann, and Charlie Sutton as Swings
And let’s not forget the following behind-the-curtain talents backing up our actors and core team of creatives.
- Paul Tate dePoo III – Scenic & Projection Design
- Jen Caprio – Costume Design
- Cory Pattak – Lighting Design
- Kai Harada & Haley Parcher – Sound Design
- Tom Watson – Hair & Wig Design
- Kate Wilson – Dialect Coach
- JZ Casting, Geoff Josselson, CSA, Katja Zarolinski, CSA – Casting
- John Bell – Music Supervision & Direction
“I’m thrilled to see Spamalot back on Broadway. More than ever, it seems we need a good laugh, and it’s inspiring to see audiences still embracing this, the most happy of shows I have ever worked on,” Monty Python co-creator Eric Idle announced in a recent press release.
“So put the News Cycle on Rinse Cycle and take a couple of hours to relax with the Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, and the Knights Who Say Ni because we’re not dead yet!”
“THIS SHOW DELIVERS UP WHAT MONTY PYTHON FANS ARE LIKELY HOPING IT WILL, AND ALSO STANDS ON ITS OWN AS A GREAT MUSICAL EXPERIENCE.” – Arts Hub
“MULTI-TALENTED DREAM TEAM… HYSTERICAL, SMART, OFTEN POLITICALLY INCORRECT—AND AN ABSOLUTE JOY.” – Maryland Theatre Guide
Monty Python’s Spamalot first graced us with its existence in December of 2004, with an official world premiere on January 9 the following year in Chicago. A few months later, the production ran on Broadway from March 17 to January 11, 2009. The musical played over 1,600 total performances during this period, grossing over $175 million. It also made quite a riot in the award circuits, winning three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, three Drama Desk Awards, a Theatre World Award, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
To commemorate Spamalot’s Broadway anniversary, nearly 1,800 people gathered in Shubert Alley, clacking coconut shells together in reference to the story’s “horse-riding” gag. The Guinness Book of World Records would later memorialize this event as the “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra.”
The production would continue to see success after Broadway, embarking on a 2006 West End series that garnered seven Laurence Olivier Award nominations. It would also hold its first US national tour the same year, a Las Vegas engagement in 2007, a UK tour in 2010, and several highly-attended revivals in the following years.
Maybe you can’t base a new system of government on strange women lying in ponds, but you can at least watch Monty Python’s Spamalot take over the St. James Theatre! Book your tickets soon for any of the shows slated from November 16 to April 28. We’ll see you there!