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BrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOTBrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2015-2016 5th Anniversary Season - 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' - Noises Off; Not Now, Darling; and the smash hit musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot. 'With BrightSide Theatre having been founded for the love of farce, we knew our Fifth Anniversary Season had to be filled with pure laughter. These three farces are the epitome of Laugh-Out-Loud comedies! From the show named the greatest farce of all times, to a classic British farce, to the musical that always 'Looks on the BrightSide of Life', explains Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak , 'we invite you to join us as we celebrate our Fifth Anniversary by sharing in the laughter that will entertain you throughout our 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' ' (more...)

Eric Idle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson & Merle Dandrige Will Lead All-Star SPAMALOT at the Hollywood Bowl This SummerEric Idle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson & Merle Dandrige Will Lead All-Star SPAMALOT at the Hollywood Bowl This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

The Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of Monty Python'sSpamalot, the parody of the Arthurian Legend which won the Tony for Best Musical in 2005, will star Merle Dandridge as The Lady of the Lake, Warwick Davis as Patsy,Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Sir Robin, Eric Idle as the Historian and Craig Robinson as King Arthur. BT McNicholl will direct. Spamalot will be conducted by Todd Ellison and choreographed by Scott Taylor. Additional casting is to be announced. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT an Evening of Great Grand SillinessBWW Reviews: SPAMALOT an Evening of Great Grand Silliness
by Frank Benge - Apr 19, 2015

The labeled ingredients in the canned mystery meat known as Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, ham meat, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. There are almost as many ingredients in the Georgetown Palace Theatre production of Monty Python's SPAMALOT, which includes a hard-working cast, clever songs, and a script featuring the witty and politically incorrect British humor of Monty Python. Monty Python's SPAMALOT is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail ' which was a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Monty Python is considered both parody and satire. There are abundant examples of both at work in this production. Among the things parodied are Broadway musicals (in general) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (specifically) repeatedly. The original production was the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. (more...)

VIDEO: Physicist Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'The Galaxy Song'VIDEO: Physicist Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'The Galaxy Song'
by Movies News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

World reknown physicist Stephe Hawking has shared a cover of 'The Galaxy Song' from the 1983 cult classic Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which is available as a digital download beginning today (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/17/15- SPAMALOTSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/17/15- SPAMALOT
by Stage Tube - Mar 17, 2015

Today in 2005, Spamalot opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 1575 performances. Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy 'lovingly ripped off from' the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, especially in its parodies of Broadway theatre. Eric Idle, a member of the Monty Python team, wrote the musical's book and lyrics and collaborated with John Du Prez on most of the music. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations. (more...)

SPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonSPAMALOT, THE LION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and More Set for Geva Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Four productions still remain in Geva Theatre Center's 42nd Season: A Body of Water, Lee Blessing's play of memory and identity; The Mountaintop, a reimagining of Martin Luther King's last night on earth; the world premiere of Cass Morgan's journey to discover her roots - The Road to Where; and the season's grand finale, the laugh-out-loud comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 2014-2015 Season continued Geva's innovative efforts to connect patrons and artists and art with the community. The 2015-2016 Season will continue to build on that and also usher in a new era as Geva's historic home begins to undergo renovation and transformation. (more...)

BWW Reviews: South Bend Civic Presents the Zany Musical MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOTBWW Reviews: South Bend Civic Presents the Zany Musical MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Alex Price - Mar 16, 2015

The Knights of the Round Table brought a hilarious production to the stage at the South Bend Civic Theater on March 14, 2015. Monty Python's Spamalot was opened on the South Bend Civic stage on March 13th, and will continue to run until April 4th. This zany musical brought great humor, acting, and vocals from a talented cast directed by Mark Abram-Copenhaver. (more...)

SPAMALOT UK Tour, Featuring Michael Palin, Coming to Edinburgh PlayhouseSPAMALOT UK Tour, Featuring Michael Palin, Coming to Edinburgh Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Monty Python legend, Michael Palin has beaten off stiff competition from Brian May, Professor Brian Cox, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Ball and Eric Idle to appear on screen during each performance of Spamalot at The Edinburgh Playhouse from 16 - 21 March as part of Monty Python's Spamalot UK Tour. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Video Flashback- Watch Highlights from Hollywood Bowl-Bound SPAMALOTSTAGE TUBE: Video Flashback- Watch Highlights from Hollywood Bowl-Bound SPAMALOT
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the 94th Season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the historic Hollywood Bowl has just been announced, with subscriptions now on sale and single tickets available on Sunday, May 3. Monty Python's SPAMALOT will be the Bowl's official musical of the summer with an all-star cast expected for 3 performances - Friday July 31, Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd. No cast or creative team has yet been announced. In celebration of the big announcement, BroadwayWorld brings you some of our favorite numbers from the show below! (more...)

Breaking News: Hollywood Bowl Sets 2015 Summer Musical - SPAMALOT!Breaking News: Hollywood Bowl Sets 2015 Summer Musical - SPAMALOT!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

Now the big news we've been waiting for ... Monty Python's SPAMALOT will be the Bowl's official musical of the summer with an all-star cast expected for 3 performances - Friday July 31, Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd. No cast or creative team has yet been announced. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: SPAMALOT Begins Its 2015 Tour!STAGE TUBE: SPAMALOT Begins Its 2015 Tour!
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2015

Spam Cam takes you behind the scenes at Manchester Opera House for Spamalot's opening night! (more...)

2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives: Musical Theatre and Opera
by David Fick - Dec 31, 2014

The penultimate column in our 2014 South African Theatre Retrospectives deals with musical theatre and opera. Today we celebrate 'six of the best' opera and musical theatre productions from around the country - with two honourable mentions for an outstanding cabaret and revue - having already looked at some of the best plays and dance productions of the year. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY), Eric Idle's Newest TestamentBWW Reviews: NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY), Eric Idle's Newest Testament
by Michael Dale - Dec 20, 2014

Monty Python's tale of the fellow born in the stable next to Jesus' has gone from blasphemous to delightful family fun. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie HallBWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 20, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Handel's MESSIAH: That would be Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN, transformed from the film by Eric Idle (the jokes) and John Du Prez (the music) into NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY). This comic oratorio resulted in a very jolly evening, which The Collegiate Chorale brought to Carnegie Hall, under conductor and director Ted Sperling. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch & More in NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie HallPhoto Flash: First Look at Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch & More in NOT THE MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, continuing tonight, December 16, 2014 at 8pm. From the creators for the hit Broadway musical Spamalot, Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's movie The Life of Brian. Described by Eric Idle as 'Baroque-N-Roll,' Not The Messiah features a lively pastiche of musical styles ranging from pop, country, and Broadway to doo-wop, hip hop, and Greek chorus. Hit songs include 'Hail to the Shoe,' 'We Love Sheep,' and the audience favorite and sing-along 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.' BroadwayWorld brings yo photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

AUDIO: Eric Idle Discusses His NOT THE MESSIAH, SPAMALOT, Why Audiences Love Bagpipes and More with WQXR's Elliott ForrestAUDIO: Eric Idle Discusses His NOT THE MESSIAH, SPAMALOT, Why Audiences Love Bagpipes and More with WQXR's Elliott Forrest
by Stage Tube - Dec 15, 2014

Eric Idle, the famous member of the absurdist-comedy collective Monty Python, recently joined forces with composer John Du Prez to create 'Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy),' a zany pastiche based on Monty Python's 1979 film 'The Life of Brian,' and Handel's Messiah. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie HallThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Begins Tonight at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, tonight and tomorrow, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next WeekThe Collegiate Chorale's NOT THE MESSIAH Set for Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale presents the New York City premiere of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014 at 8pm. (more...)

Bainbridge Performing Arts Presents SPAMALOT, Now thru 12/26Bainbridge Performing Arts Presents SPAMALOT, Now thru 12/26
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Bainbridge Performing Arts will stage MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Maangement and opening December 5. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table- featuring cows, killer rabbits, and a Diva to end all divas. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Promo for Monty Python's SPAMALOT at BPASTAGE TUBE: New Promo for Monty Python's SPAMALOT at BPA
by Stage Tube - Dec 1, 2014

Bainbridge Performing Arts will stage MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Maangement and opening December 5. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table- featuring cows, killer rabbits, and a Diva to end all divas. Click below to watch a promo for the show! (more...)

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