Robin Williams Frontrunner for Hank Azaria Spamalot Replacement?
Spamalot's Hank Azaria is scheduled to depart the show right after the Tony Awards in June for six months to film his Showtime hit "Huff." The departure's been scheduled for a while, and Azaria already has his return scheduled in November (said to be in the Thanksgiving timeframe), but in the meantime producers have been bringing in a slew of well-known comedians in an attempt to find a high-profile, six month sub.
Both today's New York Post, and other backstage sources have reported Robin Williams as being the front-runner of that pack. There's no official confirmation of that, or word yet on when an announcement is to be expected, but with June right around the corner, any announcement would be sooner rather than later.
The box office success that is Spamalot continues to roll on, seemingly regardless of who's in it, and a new block of tickets goes onsale at 10am today. This extends the show into 2006.
Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight who create unforgettable musical production numbers that Python-alum/book writer Eric Idle promises will be "as good as or quite likely better than any other show with killer rabbits and a legless knight opening on Broadway this season."