Friday, December 26, 2008

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Visits the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Tony Award Winner, Best Musical 2005
March 17 – 22, 2009*

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, Monty Python's Spamalot, returns to Atlanta for a special engagement at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on March 17 – 22, 2009, presented by the new Atlanta Broadway Series.

The Tony and Grammy Award winning Monty Python’s Spamalot continues to taunt cities across the nation. “A high energy blast, you’ll leave the theatre whistling!” said Terry Byrne from The Boston Herald. CTV’s Chris Perez said “Hilarious show... it pushes comedy to its limits. This show is a crowd pleaser!" “You could put a happy-meter in the theatre and watch it go off the charts!” exclaims Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star.

Richard Chamberlain will wear the crown of King Arthur when he takes the stage in Atlanta as part of the National Tour.

Chamberlain has starred in some of the most dramatic and powerful productions in the history of television, including six of the most acclaimed mini-series in the last two decades: “Shogun,” “Wallenberg,” “The Thornbirds,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Dreamwest,” and “Centennial.” “Shogun” earned Chamberlain a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor, as well as an Emmy nomination. He received another Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination, and a People’s Choice Award for his work in “The Thornbirds.”

Richard Chamberlain became a household name overnight in 1961 when he played the title role of Dr. Kildare, a part he played for five years. He has traveled the globe performing in numerous productions on stage, television and in films. He has most recently toured as the title role in the US premier of Scrooge, and played the king in The King and I for Hawaii Opera Theatre. On screen Chamberlain has guest starred on “Will & Grace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Hustle” and “Desperate Housewives” and has played roles in the movies The Three Musketeers The Four Musketeers, The Return of the Three Musketeers, Towering Inferno, Strength and Honour, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

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.

The original cast recording of Monty Python’s Spamalot won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Directed by 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 the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez. Casey Nicholaw is the choreographer.

Monty Python's Spamalot is produced by Boyett Ostar Productions.

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.

Set and costume design for Monty Python's Spamalot is by Tony Award-winner Tim Hatley, lighting design is by Hugh Vanstone and sound design is by ACME Sound Partners. Others on the creative and production teams include David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design), Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Elaine McCarthy (Projection Design), Joseph A. Campayno (Make-Up Design), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements),

Todd Ellison (Musical Supervision and Vocal Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O'Donovan (Production Manager).

Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the great American directors in film, theater and television. He has won the Academy Award and eight Tony Awards. He recently received the Directors' Guild of America Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as a DGA Award for the direction of the HBO adaptation of Angels in America.

Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars, The Rutles - A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus was recently published by Harper Collins, and his long awaited sequel The Rutles2: Can't Buy Me Lunch was released by Warner Video in March. There's no saying what he might do next...

John Du Prez has composed over 20 feature film scores including A Fish Called Wanda, A Private Function, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978.

Monty Python isn't a person, but a group of British actors and writers (and one American) that performed their famous comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus on the BBC from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent international fame and success.

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Ticket prices start at $25.00 (subject to change) and may be purchased through authorized agents, including the Cobb Energy Centre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or via phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The performance schedule for Monty Python's Spamalot in Atlanta is as follows:

Tuesday, March 17 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 20 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Full season packages are also on sale now for the 2008-2009 Atlanta Broadway Series with prices ranging from $116 – $354. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-877-451-7469 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at

The Atlanta Broadway Series, created in partnership by WH Management Group and Key Brand Entertainment, is a new series of blockbuster Broadway programming presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art venue that opened to popular and critical acclaim in September 2007.
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