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What Happens in Camelot, Stays in Camelot

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

"Camelot" from Monty Python's Spamalot Monty Python's Spamalot

What do you get when you mix hilarity the funny of Monty Python with the legendary King Arthur, round up his Knights of the Roundtable, and charge them with finding the Holy Grail? The answer…Monty Python’s Spamalot! In our next act featured in the RCT Musical Theater Virtual Review Series, we take a look at our 2019 production of Monty Python's Spamalot.

With music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle, and book & lyrics by Eric Idle Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Premiering in Chicago on December 21, 2004 at Chicago’s Shubert Theater, it wasn’t long before the production made it’s transition over to the Great White Way, starting previews on February 14, 2005, officially opening March 17, 2005 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. The production went on to be nominated for 14 Tony Awards; winning Best Musical. The original Broadway cast featured notable actors Tim Curry as King Arthur, Michael McGrath as Patsy, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin, and Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot. Attracting over two million viewers, the production closed on January 11, 2009 after 35 previews and 1,575 performances.

The 2019 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot (video above), played a limited engagement September 20 through 29, was produced by RCT Musical Theater Productions and performed at the Rose Center Theater in Orange County, California. The 2019 production was a reprisal of the Rose Center Theater’s 2016 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, featuring many of the same actors, with a few talented additions. In the clip above, King Arthur (played by Chris Caputo) and his Knights of the Round Table gather in Camelot, a deliberately anachronistic place resembling that of Las Vegas, complete with laker girls, oversized dice, and the Lady of the Lake (played by Melissa Cook) headlining the Castle in full Liza Minnelli get-up. The 2019 cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot also featured Vincent Aniceto in the role of Sir Robin, Jeffrey A. Johns as Not Dead Fred/Prince Herbert, Seth Merrill as Patsy, Marcus Veyette as Sir Lancelot, and Mark Wickham as Sir Bedevere.

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