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Spamalot, inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will make its Kennedy Center debut this March with James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur, Alex Brightman as Sir Lancelot and Leslie Kritzer as Lady of the Lake.
Early Life and Education
At the turn of the 21st Century, Broadway began shifting away from its legacy of heavy intellectual fare to shows such as Spamalot that featured more lighthearted performances that harked back to old-time musicals.
Spamalot’s relentless silliness aside, this show still contains some serious messages about morality. For instance, its humorous take on King Arthur and his knights-errant search for the Holy Grail still rings true today.
Tuscaloosa-born Tim Lay is playing King Arthur and Patsy in the Actor’s Charitable Theatre production of Monty Python’s Spamalot at Bama Theatre, marking both his directorial debut as well as one major project they’ve taken on since opening their company back in 2008. Alisha Powell Lay also joined him onstage in this performance which marks her directorial debut and first major undertaking since their company first started operating back in 2008.
Eric Idle of Monty Python fame called Spamalot “lovingly stolen” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 when it opened on Broadway in 2005. Since then it has proven incredibly popular among ticket purchasers, earning 14 Tony nominations along the way.
Hickman and Davis have long wanted to produce this musical comedy that portrays Arthurian legend with its hilarious cast of knights who shout, “Ni!,” seductive ladies, mocking Frenchmen, and an unwilling Sir Lancelot. Hickman and Davis are passionate about producing their show which follows King Arthur and his knights on their quest to find the Holy Grail.
As part of their promotional effort for Spamalot, they collaborated with Heinz to produce a limited-edition bottle of HP sauce featuring its trademark Spamalot design and sold only at Selfridge’s in London – each bottle came complete with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
Achievement and Honors
Eric Idle is known for his hilarious comedic material, as well as being an accomplished author. He has written several plays (such as Pass The Butler in London’s West End), two novels and children’s books – not forgetting Spamalot which garnered him both Tony and Grammy awards!
In 2006, he produced and directed a television documentary on Monty Python creators composer John Du Prez and producer David Merrick that won him an award from South Bank Show as well as being featured on an Extraordinarily Deluxe Two-Disc Edition DVD release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Spamalot continues the Kennedy Center’s tradition of producing first-rate productions on Broadway, and Spamalot is no different. Opening on October 31 as part of their Broadway Center Stage series at Eisenhower Theater on October 31, it runs through January 7. Starring James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur, Alex Brightman as Sir Lancelot, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as Lady of the Lake and Michael Urie as Sir Robin and Prince Herbert are just some of the cast.
Tucker Roseberry is delighted to make his directing debut with Spamalot and is thankful to work alongside such an accomplished cast and crew. Tucker loves giving back to the community he calls home in Tuscaloosa by continuing its tradition of theatre; by profession he works as a music therapist helping clients meet their communication goals.
He is also an accomplished musician and composer, having written music for films such as Everybody Salsa on television as well as co-composing musicals A Fish Called Wanda and UHF.
This show first ran on Broadway in 2005 and earned 14 Tony Award nominations. Eric Idle and John Du Prez provided music, while the libretto “ripped off” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail was used.
Idle is best-known as part of Monty Python and The Rutles, two surreal comedy groups with whom he co-wrote both book and lyrics for Spamalot, an irreverent Broadway musical parodying Arthurian legend based on 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Terry Gilliam and John Cleese led their troupe through over 1,500 performances of this legendary musical comedy that earned 13 Tony nominations and took home three.
Miles Nowlin (Swing/Ensemble Cover) is an NMU second-year musical theatre major who has recently performed onstage for Wildcat Theatre Follies and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He’s thrilled to join Spamalot! as part of its cast!