[FoRK] Variety.com - 'Spamalot' inks cast

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Variety.com <http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=front_page>

Posted: Wed., Jul. 7, 2004, 11:01am PT
'Spamalot' inks cast
Azaria makes B'way debut in Python tuner

Richard Burton, Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews they are not.

Which is why David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria are headlining
"Spamalot," and not "Camelot," on Broadway this winter.

Ostar Boyett Prods. announced the starry lineup for its tuner, based on
the 1975 film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." In the legit
version, the roles of Sir Robin, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot will be
played by, respectively, Pierce, Curry and Azaria, who makes his
Broadway debut with the project.

Pierce last appeared on Broadway in 1989 in "The Heidi Chronicles."
Curry headlined the musical "My Favorite Year" in 1992 and "The Rocky
Horror Show" in 1975.

No conflict

On the King Arthur front, "Spamalot" won't be battling "Camelot" for
ticketbuyers this theater seaso. Although it was never officially
announced, a revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical was being readied for
summer 2004 with Liam Neeson in the lead. Early in that production's
planning stages, an attorney associated with the classic tuner fired off
a letter to Monty Python's Eric Idle, who was busy writing his
"Spamalot" book and songs (with John Du Prez). The missive pointed out
the "unfortunate" similarity of the two titles.

Idle remained steadfast. "Surely only an idiot could confuse 'Camelot'
and 'Spamalot,' " he said.

At present, the King Arthur legend is getting only one musical this
Broadway season, and it is called "Spamalot." The title is derived from
a line in the movie version: "I eat jam, and ham and Spam a lot."

"Spamalot" will be Mike Nichols' sophomore effort as the helmer of a
Broadway musical, his first being "The Apple Tree" in 1966.

Previews of the Monty Python show begin Feb. 7, with the opening set for
March 10 at the Shubert Theater. The pre-Broadway engagement runs Dec.
21-Jan. 16 at Chi's Shubert Theater.
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