Lakewood Theatre's SPAMALOT to Open 9/6
A chorus line of dancing knights, beautiful show girls, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight will kick off Lakewood Theatre Company's 61st season for the Portland area premiere of Monty Python's SPAMALOT September 6 - October 13, 2013. The show sponsor is AKT CPAs, Advisors, Consultants.
This Tony Award-winning musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grailraises silliness to an art form. Stage direction for Lakewood's production is by Alan Shearman (The Producers, Boeing-Boeing), musical direction by Stephen Alexander (White Christmas, Sweeney Todd) and choreography by Erin Shannon (The Producers).
Performances continue through October 13 with the following schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 7:00 PM (September 8, 15 & 22) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (September 15, 29 and October 6 & 13). There is also one Wednesday performance at 7:30 on October 2, 2013. At this Wednesday performance the theatre is introducing a new program called WOW: 25-35. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy Wine on Wednesday (WOW) paired with a show at a discounted price.
The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices are $36/adults and $34/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups.
Patrons can still purchase season tickets for a five-show package which provides discounted admission and preferred seating. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online at www.lakewood-center.org.
The Story: The musical comedy SPAMALOT is "lovingly ripped off from" the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and follows the misadventures of the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In Medieval England, King Arthur tramps around on his quest for the Holy Grail, meeting a killer rabbit, feisty Frenchmen and some beautiful women along the way.
The original Broadway production of SPAMALOT opened in March 2005 at the Shubert Theatre, and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning the 2005 Tony Award for "Best Musical." SPAMALOT also won a Grammy Award in 2006 for "Best Musical Show Album. During its first run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people.
The show features a ridiculous bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, a giant wooden rabbit, assorted French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls?
The show that the New York Times calls a "no-holds-barred smash hit," stars Jay Pevney as King Arthur. Stephanie Heustontakes on the Tony Award-winning role of The Lady of the Lake. Burl Ross plays Sir Lancelot, and Norman Wilson is the Brave Sir Robin.
Featured in the cast are Ben Farmer as Sir Galahad, Joseph J. Klei as Prince Herbert, Kevin-Michael Moore as Sir Bedevere and John Killeen as Patsy.
The large cast also features Portland area musical performers: Erin Shannon, Ryan Andrews, Joey Côté, Max DuBowy, Kylie Clarke Johnson, Bryan Kinder, Rafe Larsen, Signe Larsen, Bailey Olmstead, Lindsay Nicole Schramm, Maria Tucker and Jared Warby.
The creative team includes stage director Alan Shearman, musical director Stephen Alexander, choreographer Erin Shannon, scenic designer Jeff Seats, lighting designer Mark LaPierre, costumer Marychris Mass and stage manager/prop master Felix Kelsey. Hair design is by Jane Holmes, sound design is by Bombastic Productions, the technical director is Kurt Hermanand the producer is Kay Vega.