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.