Aug 25, 2010

Monty Python's SPAMALOT is Coming to DPAC



Tony Award Winner, Best Musical 2005

Durham, NC- The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, Monty Python’s Spamalot, will visit the fair city of Durham for two performances on May 24 & 25, 2011 at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center.

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.

“We are thrilled to add another Tony Award winning Broadway show to the long list of best musicals to take the stage at DPAC”, stated Assistant Director of Marketing, Rachel Gragg.

Based on the Tony Award winning direction of Mike Nichols and the riotous choreography of Casey Nicholaw, 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.

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.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is produced by Stephen B. Kane, Michael McFadden and Phoenix Entertainment.

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.

Casey Nicholaw’s outstanding work on Monty Python’s Spamalot earned him nominations for the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. He followed up Monty Python’s Spamalot with another smash hit Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone for which he earned numerous nominations as director and choreographer.

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.

Ticket prices start at $30 plus service charges. Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on Wednesday, September 15th and tickets go on sale Friday, September 17th at 10am, through Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall, FYE and Lowes Foods, online at and through the DPAC Call Center (919.680.2787). Joining the Friends of DPAC is free, a...

Tue, May 24 - Wed, May 25, 2011

Monty Python's SPAMALOT

May 24 & 25, 2011