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Monty Python's Spamalot

October 15, 2017
2:00 pm
Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Ever since Spamalot burst on Broadway in 2005—14 Tony Award nominations, three wins, including Best Musical—this masterpiece of silliness has left ‘em laughing, young and old. Spreckels Theatre Company is pleased to announce a new staging of Spamalot, opening Oct. 13 for a three-week engagement. With coconuts clacking (next best thing to an actual horse), King Arthur goes recruiting for Knights of the Round Table. When he meets political radicals Dennis Galahad and his mom, they insist the king is illegitimate because he wasn’t elected by the people. But the Lady of the Lake and the Laker Girls turn Dennis into a knight, so that’s alright. They return to Camelot, where we meet such characters as Lancelot, the Homicidally Brave; Sir Bedevere, the Strangely Flatulent; and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbanogg (spoiler alert: the evil creature will be finally subdued by the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch). The musical was adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a classic of British humor. But don’t confuse the musical with the film—this show delivers music…lots of it. Eric Idle, one of the founders of the comedy group Monty Python, wrote the book and lyrics, collaborating with John Du Prez on the music (the only exceptions being “Knights of the Round Table” and “Brave Sir Robin,” which were composed by Neil Innes for the film, and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” originally written by Idle for the film Monty Python's Life of Brian. The production team includes veterans of many hit musicals staged at Spreckels: director David Yen, music director Lucas Sherman, choreographer Michela Snider, set designers Eddy Hansen and Elizabeth Bazzano, light designer Eddy Hansen, sound designer Jess Johnson, costume designer Sonja Roberts and projection designer Patrick Taber. Playwright Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer-songwriter, and musician. He was a founding member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, whose members created the sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, first aired on the BBC in 1969. The show evolved over time to include touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and musicals. What: Monty Python’s Spamalot When: Oct. 13 – 29. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Where: Nellie W. Codding Theatre at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Ticket Prices: $30 general, $28 seniors, $24 students, $18 children 12 and under (ticket prices include $2 facility fee) Box Office: (707) 588-3400. Hours: Thurs–Sat, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before show. Online: Go to www.spreckelsonline.com

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Spreckels Performing Arts Center

5409 Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA

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