Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre to Stage SPAMALOT, 3/5-30

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Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre to Stage SPAMALOT, 3/5-30Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the 2005 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the Kingdom of South Florida for a limited engagement at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre from March 5 - 30, 2014.

Lovingly "ripped off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," it turns the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on its head with a chorus line of dancing divas, knights in tights, flatulent Frenchman and killer rabbits. It won three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording of Monty Python's SPAMALOT won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Directed by the award-winning David Arisco, Monty Python's SPAMALOT features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez.

"The most amazing aspect of SPAMALOT is that it works for both Monty Python fans AND musical theatre fans," said Director David Arisco. "This is a huge Broadway musical with multiple large-scale and outrageously funny numbers, and it's a perfect homage to Monty Python's unique brand of humor."

Leading the quest is King Arthur (Gary Marachek) with his trusty servant Patsy (Paul Louis). Playing his gallant knights - and a broad assortment of other characters - are Jim Ballard as Sir Lancelot the Homicidally Brave, Gabriel Zenone as Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, Shane Tanner as Sir Galahad, the Dashingly Handsome, Wayne LeGette as Sir Bedevere, the Strangely Flatulent, and Lindsey Forgey as The Lady of the Lake, a tour-de-force role for any comedic actress. University of Miami alumnus Jose Luaces plays multiple roles including Prince Herbert, Historian, Not Dead Fred, a French Guard and a Minstrel.

The creative team features Musical Director David Nagy, Choreographer Ron Hutchins, set design adapted from an original scene design by Jim Hunter (www.jimhunterdesigns.com), costumes provided by Costume World Theatrical (www.costumeworld.com) and adapted for this production by Ellis Tillman, Sound Designer Sean Lawson and Lighting Designer Luke Klingberg.

Preview performances of Monty Python's SPAMALOT will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. and play through March 30, 2014. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, March 12 at 2 p.m.

Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $42. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $47, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $55. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.

This event is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for Major Cultural Institutions, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and by the following sponsors: Lexus of Kendall, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Shell Lumber & Hardware, Home Financing Center, The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, NBC Miami and MegaTV.

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