Exclusive: Full Cast Revealed for SPAMALOT at the Muny; Ragusa, Cahoon, Scherer, Hibbard & More Join - Plus the Voice of Bob Costas!
The Muny announced more principal casting for the first show of its fantastic 95th season, Monty Python's Spamalot, directed and choreographed by Denis Jones. Spamalot is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.
As previously announced, John O'Hurley will star as King Arthur. Also starring will be Michelle Ragusa as The Lady of the Lake, Kevin Cahoon as Historian, John Scherer as Sir Robin, David Hibbard as Patsy, Chris Hoch as Sir Lancelot, Ben Davis as Sir Dennis Galahad, and Tally Sessions as Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere. Joining them will be broadcast legend Bob Costas as The Voice of God.
"This is a delicious, wonderful comic cast," said Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "They promise anarchy, mayhem and pandemonium in its highest order. I fear for our audience, I really do, so I encourage all audience members to wear their suits of armor. In fact, anyone showing up in full armor will receive a free lemon freeze!"
"When I asked Bob Costas to lend his mellifluous tones to our production as The Voice of God," continued Isaacson, "Bob simply replied, 'When will they stop typecasting me?'"
Based on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Monty Python's Spamalot has a book by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez. It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and raises silliness to an art form. Spamalot is the winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical.
The Muny production features scenic design by Sam and Steve Gilliam, sound design by Jason Krueger, lighting design by Seth Jackson and costume design by Leon Dobkowski. Ben Whiteley serves as the musical director, and the production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.
John O'Hurley (King Arthur) is equally fluent in the world of entertainment and business. He has catapulted into television's busiest and most versatile actor/show host, Broadway star, advertising hero as well as being a New York Times best-selling author and Billboard chart-topping composer. It was O'Hurley's unique portrayal of the wry and witty "J. Peterman" on Seinfeld that led to dozens of advertising campaigns for companies such as Xerox and The Travel Channel, earning him multiple advertising and marketing industry awards. John reappeared in prime time in 2005, capturing America's heart with his turn on Season 1 of Dancing with the Stars, where he officially won the series with the highly contested "Dance Off."
He was named one of People Magazine's, "Sexiest Men Alive." After a three-year stint hosting USA's Get Golf with the PGA TOUR, O'Hurley is now the regular host of NBC Sports highest rated yearly show, The National Dog Show presented by Purina, a decade-old Thanksgiving tradition to 22 million viewers. He was also host of the long-time popular game shows Family Feud and To Tell The Truth. In addition, life imitates art for him as John is now the business partner of the J. Peterman Company, along with the real J. Peterman. His unusual versatility as both entertainer and businessman was the focus of many features in magazines like Business Week and Time Magazine. Aside from his position as part owner of the J. Peterman Company, he is the a principal partner in six companies, most notably Energy - Inc., a unique waste-to-energy technology and PoliteView, a unique online delivery platform used extensively by the US Government, airlines, The UN, and many Fortune 500 corporations.
Michele Ragusa (The Lady of the Lake) returns to The Muny after starring as Lina Lamont in Singin' In The Rain and Alice Beane in Titanic. She was last seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, succeeding Megan Mullally. Other Broadway: Urinetown, Ragtime, A Class Act, Titanic, Cyrano. Off-Broadway: Adrift In Macao (Primary Stages - Lortel/Drama League nomination, Barrymore Award.) Regional Credits: Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) - Portland Center Stage; Into The Woods (Witch) - dir. Moises Kaufman, Kansas City Rep.; Kiss Me Kate (Kate) - Paper Mill; Boeing, Boeing (Gabriella) - John Engeman Theatre; Bad Dates (Haley) - dir. Scott Schwartz, Studio Arena; She Loves Me (Amalia) - dir. James Brennan, Paper Mill; Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) - Rabin Award, Dallas Theater Center; Noises Off (Belinda) - Studio Arena; Side By Side By Sondheim - Berkshire Theatre Festival; Me and My Girl (Jacquie) - Goodspeed; Nunsense (Sr. Mary Amnesia) - Sacramento Music Circus; South Pacific (Nellie) - Dallas Theatre Center; Phantom (Christine) - Jupiter Theatre/Artpark.
Kevin Cahoon (Historian/Not Dead Fred/French Guard/Minstrel/Prince Herbert) Broadway: The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion King, The Who's Tommy. Off Broadway: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (also Boston, San Francisco, The Edinburgh Festival), The Foreigner (The Roundabout, Lortel Nomination), How I Learned To Drive (Second Stage), The Shaggs: Philosophy of The World (Playwrights Horizons), The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club), Hair and Babes In Arms (City Center Encores). Regional: Guthrie, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ahmanson, Bard Summerscape. Television: Six Degrees, The Royale, Modern Family, CSI, The Mentalist, NCIS, Franklin and Bash, Canterbury's Law, Law and Order, Hope and Faith, Criminal Intent. Film: Mars Needs Moms, The Curse of The Jade Scorpion, The Thing About My Folks, Sudden Manhattan, One Night. His band "Kevin Cahoon and Ghetto Cowboy" received the OutMusic Award for their debut recording, Doll.
Ben Davis (Sir Dennis Galahad/The Black Knight) will be portraying Anna Nicole's first husband, Billy, this fall in the BAM/NY City Opera production of Anna Nicole, The Opera. Broadway: A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist, u/s Carl Magnus, Fredrik), LES MISERABLES (Javert & Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme (Marcello - 2003 Tony Honor) Tour: Spamalot (Galahad) Regional: The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse (Cpt. Von Trapp), Boys From Syracuse at DC Shakespeare Theatre (Antipholus of Ephesus), Show Boat at Goodspeed Opera House (Ravenal), 110 In The Shade at Pasadena Playhouse (File), Mame (Older Patrick) at The Hollywood Bowl. Concerts: Kurt Weill's Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center (Brom Broeck) opposite Kelli O'Hara and Victor Garber, Westchester Philharmonic with Kelli O'Hara, LA Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony. Film/TV: 30 Rock, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh, Numb3rs.
David Hibbard (Mayor/Patsy) most recently finished the limited engagement run of Elf The Musical on Broadway in the role of Matthews. He was in the 10 time Tony Award winning production of Billy Elliot, both on Broadway and in the second national tour. His mark on 'the Great White Way' is completing 2,197 performances in Broadway's CATS, in the coveted role of the Rum Tum Tugger. Other Broadway credits include Patsy, in Monty Python's smash hit Spamalot, The Jester in the revival of Once Upon A Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and creating the role of Bobby/Michael Bennett in A Class Act, which he recreated the following summer in Tokyo. David has also performed in the Encores! production of Can Can starring Patti LuPone, and in the world premiere of Maurey Yeston's adaptation of Frank Loesser's Hans Christian Anderson. Off-Broadway he was seen in Chess, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back! and Lincoln Center's benefit of Anything Goes, also starring Patti LuPone. Some of the regional theatres around the country at which he has performed include Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, St. Louis Muny, Northshore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight, Artpark, Theatre by the Sea, and The Guthrie Theatre. Concert work includes Waterbury Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops tribute to Gene Kelly, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch and starring Donna McKechnie.
Chris Hoch (Lancelot) is thrilled to be making his Muny debut in a role he previously played on Broadway. Other Broadway: La Cage aux Folles, Shrek, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast. National Tours: Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway: Die, Mommie, Die!; Play It Cool; Face the Music (Encores!). Regional: Dracula, Zhivago, Palm Beach, Private Fittings (all La Jolla Playhouse); Candide (Prince Music Theater); Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Amazing Grace (Goodspeed); Next To Normal (Hangar Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (City Theatre). Television: 30 Rock, Third Watch, Guiding Light, All My Children, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl.
John Scherer (Sir Robin/Guard 1/Brother Maynard) has appeared on Broadway in Lovemusik, By Jeeves (also the film version), Sunset Boulevard and the Actors Fund benefit performance of Funny Girl. Other NY appearances include The Most Happy Fella at NYC Opera, Out Of This World at City Center and A Tribute To Comden and Green at Carnegie Hall. His off-Broadway credits include Olympus On My Mind, Dames At Sea and Preppies. He has toured nationally in White Christmas; 42nd Street; Cats; Mame and Hello, Dolly! He received critical acclaim for his performance in George M at the Goodspeed Opera House. St. Louis audiences last saw him in the title role of The Foreigner at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. His other regional credits include leading roles at the Kennedy Center, Goodman Theater, Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Ahmanson Theater and many others. Film and television credits include Spinning Into Butter, The Shield, Crossing Jordan, Law And Order (all series), Titus and The Guiding Light. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Tally Sessions (Dennis' Mother/Sir Bedevere/Concorde) Recent: Big Fish (Oriental Theatre, Chicago). Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves. National Tours: South Pacific (Lincoln Center Theatre), Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre), Queen of the Mist (Transport Group), Yank! (York Theatre), Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!), Godspell (2000 revival). Regional: Robin and the Seven Hoods (The Old Globe); Assassins, The Gospel According to Fishman (Signature Theatre); Carousel, Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Opera House); The Immigrant (Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut Critic's Circle nomination); Little Shop of Horrors (Paper Mill Playhouse); Chess (Arvada Center, Henry Award); White Christmas (Pioneer Theatre); The Spitfire Grill (Florida Stage); Floyd Collins (Actors' Playhouse, Carbonell Award), The Full Monty (Carbonell Award); The Last Five Years (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award nomination).
Bob Costas (The Voice of God) has won twenty-four Emmy awards - more than any sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy's in news, sports, and entertainment. His news Emmy was awarded for his interview with Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State scandal. His entertainment Emmy came in 1993 for his acclaimed late night program Later with Bob Costas. Bob's peers have named him the National Sportscaster of the Year a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Also in 2012 Bob was selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism. He and Al Michaels are the only sports broadcasters to be so honored. From the Baseball Game of the Week in the 1980s, through his hosting of the Olympics, the late night interview program Later...with Bob Costas, his programs on HBO, and more, Bob has been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport over the past three decades.
His thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generation's most distinctive voices.The 2012 London Olympics were Bob's tenth for NBC. In addition he has hosted six Super Bowls, and has been part of the coverage as either play-by-play announcer, or host of seven World Series, and ten NBA Finals. Bob has been a prominent part of NBC's presentations of major events, such as the Kentucky Derby and the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Beyond NBC, Bob's work with HBO, and more recently the Major League Baseball Network have drawn widespread praise. In 2000, Bob's book "Fair Ball, a Fan's Case for Baseball" spent several weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His collaborations with Joe Garner on a series of coffee table books and audio sports histories have also been best sellers. At present, Bob hosts Football Night in America on NBC, continues to be the prime-time host of NBC's Olympic coverage, while also contributing to NBC News programs such as Nightly News, Rock Center, and the Today Show. With the advent of the new NBC Sports Network, Bob's program Costas Tonight reprises the issue oriented town hall format that was such a successful part of his run at HBO. At MLBN, Bob has been able to return to his first love, baseball - contributing interviews, commentaries, and play-by-play to the new network. Bob is a native of Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in communications. He began his professional career at WSYR-TV and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse before joining KMOX radio in St. Louis in 1974. He has been with NBC since 1980.
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