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SPAMALOT Wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album

Broadway's Tony Award wining Best Musical can now add another laurel to its many honors: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT won the Grammy Award today for Best Musical Show album. The Grammys take place tonight, Wed. Feb. 8 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

The Decca Broadway recording was produced by John Du Prez & Eric Idle; John Du Prez, composer; Eric Idle, composer/lyricist. The Original Broadway Cast includes David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria & Sara Ramirez. Other nominees were the original cast recordings of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python's Spamalot and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as well as the all-star Actors' Fund of America benefit concert cast recording of Hair.

Directed by eight-time Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, 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 Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw is the choreographer. Sold-out since it opened on March 17, 2005, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT remains the hottest ticket on Broadway, continuing to break box office records at The Shubert Theatre. Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is the winner of 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.

Productions of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT have been announced for The Palace Theatre in London's West End and at the Wynn Las Vegas. The national tour kicks off in Boston next month.

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