England 932 A.D. A Kingdom divided. To the West the Anglo-Saxons, to the East the French. Above nothing but Celts and some people from Scotland. In Gwynned, Powys, and Dyfed - Plague. In the kingdoms of Wessex, Sussex, Essex and Kent - Plague. In Mercia and the two Anglias - Plague. With a 50% chance of pestilence and famine coming out of the Northeast at twelve miles per hour. Legend tells us of an extraordinary leader, who arose from the chaos, to unite a troubled kingdom. A man with a vision who gathered Knights together in a Holy Quest. This man was Arthur, King of the Britons. For this was England!
Previews of the show began in Chicago's Shubert Theatre (now the Bank of America Theatre) on 21 December 2004; the show officially opened there on 9 January 2005.
Two musical numbers were dropped from Act One while the production was still in Chicago. During the scene set in the "Witch Village", the torch song "Burn Her!" was originally performed by Sir Bedevere, The Witch, Sir Robin, Lance and Villagers. At the French Castle, "The Cow Song", in a parody of a stereotypical film noir/cabaret style, was performed by The Cow and French Citizens. Before the two songs were cut in Chicago, the lead vocals in both songs were sung by Sara Ramirez. This gave her six songs in Act One, but no further appearances until scene five in Act Two, for "The Diva's Lament".
The musical previewed on Broadway, at New York's Shubert Theatre, beginning 14 February 2005, and, after some changes, officially opened on 17 March 2005. Mike Nichols directed, and Casey Nicholaw choreographed. The production won the Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The show played its final performance on 11 January 2009 after 35 previews and 1,575 performances; it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million, recouping its initial production costs in under six months.
The original Broadway cast included Tim Curry as King Arthur, Michael McGrath as Patsy, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot and other roles (e.g., the French Taunter, Knight of Ni, and Tim the Enchanter), Christopher Sieber as Sir Galahad and other roles (e.g., the Black Knight and Prince Herbert's Father), and Sara Ramirez as the Lady of the Lake. It also included Christian Borle as Prince Herbert and other roles (e.g., the Historian and Not Dead Fred), Steve Rosen as Sir Bedevere and other roles (e.g., Concorde and Dennis's Mother) and John Cleese as the (recorded) Voice of God.
West End and UK tour
A London production opened at the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End, commencing 30 September 2006 (London première 17 October) with tickets on sale booking to November 2008. Curry reprised his Broadway rôle as King Arthur until December, with Beale taking over from January. Sieber also reprised his rôle as Sir Galahad before leaving in early 2007, replaced by Graham McDuff. Hannah Waddingham was cast as the Lady of the Lake, Tom Goodman-Hill as Sir Lancelot, Robert Hands as Sir Robin, David Birell as Patsy, Tony Timberlake as Sir Bedevere and Darren Southworth as Prince Herbert. Notable cast replacements have included Peter Davison and Bill Ward in 2007 and, briefly, Marin Mazzie, in early 2008. Sanjeev Bhaskar took over from Alan Dale as the last King Arthur (23 June 2008 onwards). The London production closed on 3 January 2009. The show was revived on the West End for seven weeks during the summer of 2012 and played for a limited time at the Harold Pinter Theatre (using some of the costumes, sets, and actors from the UK Tour). Marcus Brigstocke (who had appeared on the tour) shared the role of King Arthur with Jon Culshaw for those seven weeks. The production moved to the Playhouse Theatre on 4 November 2012, and continues to play there.
• "Historian's Introduction to Act I" – Historian
• "Finland" / "Fisch Schlapping Dance" – Mayor and Company
• "Monk's Chant" – Company
• "King Arthur's Song" – King Arthur, Patsy*
• "I Am Not Dead Yet" – Not Dead Fred, Lance, Robin, and Bodies
• "Come With Me" – King Arthur, Lady of the Lake, and Laker girls
• "Laker Girls Cheer" – Laker Girls
• "The Song That Goes Like This" – Sir Galahad and Lady of the Lake
• "All for One" – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Sir Bedevere
• "Knights of the Round Table" – Company
• "The Song That Goes Like This" (Reprise) – Lady of the Lake
• "Find Your Grail" – Lady of the Lake and Company
• "Run Away!" – Company The Intermission**
• "Historian's Introduction to Act II" – Historian
• "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" – Patsy, King Arthur, Knights, and Knights of Ni
• "Brave Sir Robin" – Sir Robin and Minstrels
• "You Won't Succeed On Broadway" – Sir Robin and Ensemble
• "The Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part?)" – Lady of the Lake
• "Where Are You?" – Prince Herbert
• "Here Are You" – Prince Herbert
• "His Name is Lancelot" – Sir Lancelot, Prince Herbert, and Ensemble
• "I'm All Alone" – King Arthur, Patsy, and Knights
• "Twice in Every Show" – Lady of the Lake and King Arthur
• "The Holy Grail" – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere, and Knights*
• "Act II Finale" – Company
• "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" – Company and Audience
*Does not appear on the Original cast album.
**On the cast album but not in the show itself.
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Spamalot (2005-01-Bank of America Theatre-Chicago)Type de série: Pre-Broasway Try Out
Théâtre: PrivateBank Theatre (Chicago - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 21 décembre 2004Première : dimanche 09 janvier 2005Dernière : InconnuMise en scène : Mike Nichols • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Two musical numbers were dropped from Act One while the production was still in Chicago. During the scene set in the "Witch Village", the torch song "Burn Her!" was originally performed by Sir Bedevere, The Witch, Sir Robin, Lance and Villagers. At the French Castle, "The Cow Song", in a parody of a stereotypical film noir/cabaret style, was performed by The Cow and French Citizens. Before the two songs were cut in Chicago, the lead vocals in both songs were sung by Sara Ramirez. This gave her six songs in Act One, but no further appearances until scene five in Act Two, for "The Diva's Lament".
Spamalot (2005-03-Shubert Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Shubert Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 ans 10 mois Nombre : 34 previews - 1575 représentationsPremière Preview : lundi 14 février 2005Première : jeudi 17 mars 2005Dernière : dimanche 11 janvier 2009Mise en scène : Mike Nichols • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur : Commentaires longs: Broadway previews were practically sold out, leaving only obstructed view tickets for sale. The production won the Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The show played its final performance on January 11, 2009 after 35 previews and 1,574 performances;it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million, recouping its initial production costs in under six months.
Spamalot (2006-10-Palace Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 ans 2 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 928 représentationsPremière Preview : samedi 30 septembre 2006Première : lundi 16 octobre 2006Dernière : samedi 03 janvier 2009Mise en scène : Mike Nichols • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur : Avec : Tim Curry (King Arthur), Christopher Sieber (Sir Galahad), Tim Goodman-Hill (Sir Lancelot), Hannah Waddingham (Lady of the Lake), John Cleese (The Voice of God), Darren Southworth, David Birrell, Robert Hands, Tony TimberlakeCommentaires : A stage version “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 Monty Python film, it opened on Broadway in March 2005 and received an astonishing 14 Tony Award nominations, winning three, including the Best Musical Award. It ran for 1,574 performances, and took over $175 million at the box office, closing January 11th 2009.
The London production opened in October 2006, with Tim Curry and Christopher Sieber repeating their Broadway roles. During the London run cast replacements included Simon Russell Beale, Peter Davison, Marin Mazzie and Sanjeev Bhaskar. The muchpraised Hannah Waddingham was replaced by Nina Soderquist , the winner of a Swedish TV “Search for a Star” competition. The London production closed on January 3rd 2009 a week earlier than the Broadway version.Presse : PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Deliriously silly and loopily enjoyable evening." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Mike Nichols directs an exuberantly inventive production in which the jokes, both visual and verbal, just keep on coming, creating a conspiracy of pleasure that often feels like the best pantomime you’ve ever seen...It’s a wonderful night" NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "How sweet it also is to hear songs with silly lyrics that send up the style of instant moral uplift and dewyeyed yearning that characterise numbers from Rogers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber....Even describing the show as spoof, send-up, pantomime, musical comedy, satire and surreal farce does not altogether convey its weird, anarchic flavour. " MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "In short, the show has its moments; and Tim Hatley's sets and costumes carefully preserve the air of a low-tech medieval pantomime...There simply comes a point when I, for one, weary of old jokes and tongue-in-cheek send-ups of Arthurian ideals and musical cliches. Irony has its place but it's not quite enough to sustain a whole evening. With hand on heart, I'd much rather watch Lerner and Loewe's Camelot than Eric Idle's smart-arsed Spamalot." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Cheerfully mischievous...Silly? Very. Funny? You bet."
Spamalot (2007-03-Wynn Las Vegas hotel-Las Vegas)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Wynn Las Vegas hotel (Las Vegas - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 3 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 08 mars 2007Première : samedi 31 mars 2007Dernière : vendredi 18 juillet 2008Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur : Commentaires longs: As with other Las Vegas transfers of Broadway musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot was condensed to run in ninety minutes without an intermission. Among the cuts were the song "All For One", most of the song "Run Away", the Knights of Ni receiving their shrubbery, and the "Make sure he doesn't leave" scene with Prince Herbert's guards.
Actor John O'Hurley starred as King Arthur. Due to the Las Vegas production, the North American touring company would not perform in California, Arizona, or Nevada. In addition to O'Hurley, the cast included Nikki Crawford as Lady of the Lake, Edward Staudenmayer as Galahad, J Anthony Crane as Lancelot, Justin Brill as Patsy, and Harry Bouvy as Robin, with Reva Rice as the standby Lady of the Lake.
Although initially contracted to run for up to ten years its final performance was on July 18, 2008. The Las Vegas production closed to make way for Danny Gans' move from The Mirage casino hotel; the theater was renamed the Encore Theater and integrated into the newer Encore Las Vegas resort. Danny Gans died  unexpectedly on May 1, 2009.
Spamalot (2009-01-Musical Dome-Cologne)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Musical Dome (Cologne - Allemagne) Durée : 7 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 15 janvier 2009Première : dimanche 25 janvier 2009Dernière : dimanche 13 septembre 2009Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur :
Spamalot (2012-11-Playhouse Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Playhouse Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 an 4 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mercredi 14 novembre 2012Première : mardi 20 novembre 2012Dernière : samedi 12 avril 2014Mise en scène : Christopher Luscombe • Chorégraphie : Producteur :
Spamalot (2018-03-Belgian Tour)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Belgian Tour ( - Belgique)Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mercredi 21 mars 2018Première : mercredi 21 mars 2018Dernière : vendredi 13 avril 2018Mise en scène : Stany Crets • Chorégraphie : Martin Michel • Producteur : Avec : Koen Van Impe (Koning Arthur), Jonas Van Geel (Sir Robin), Jan Van Looveren (Sir Galahad), Walter Baele (Sir Lancelot), Kobe Van Herwegen (Sir Bedevere), Ann Van den Broeck (Dame van het meer), Nordin De Moor (Patsy), Dieter Verhaegen (Nog niet dode Fred), Laurenz HoorelbekeCommentaires : 21/3-24/3: Capitole - Gand
28/3-13/4: Stadsschouwburg - Anvers
Spamalot (2018-07-Freilichtspiele-Tecklenburg)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Freilichtspiele Tecklenburg (Tecklenburg - Allemagne) Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : vendredi 20 juillet 2018Première : vendredi 20 juillet 2018Dernière : vendredi 07 septembre 2018Mise en scène : Werner Bauer • Chorégraphie : Producteur :
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