The Lyceum's 54th season continues with the outrageously funny Tony Award-winning musical, Monty Python's 'Spamalot'

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Lyceum's 2014 season continues with Monty Python's "Spamalot," which runs July 9-19. A new musical "lovingly ripped off" from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Spamalot" follows King Arthur and his hysterically inept Knights of the Round Table as they quest about the medieval countryside in search of the Holy Grail. On their journey, they encounter cows, killer rabbits, showgirls galore and French people. An irreverent parody of Arthurian Legend featuring all the treasured moments from the film, "Spamalot" is a Tony Award- winning musical that will have audiences laughing from beginning to end.

A Lyceum favorite during the 2012 season playing Robert in "Boeing Boeing" and Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Warren Kelley returns to The Lyceum this season as King Arthur. Kelley's theatre career includes over 200 productions and his many television appearances include "Boardwalk Empire," "The Blacklist" and "Law & Order: SVU."

Returning to The Lyceum to play the roles of Sir Dennis Galahad and The Black Knight will be Gary Lindemann. He was last seen on The Lyceum stage as Capt. Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and El Gallo in "The Fantasticks!" Beyond Arrow Rock, Lindemann has performed on Broadway in "Anything Goes" and "Phantom of the Opera" in addition to numerous touring and regional credits.

Elizabeth Broadhurst will make her Lyceum debut as the mysterious Lady of the Lake. Broadhurst's many credits include Annie in "Madison Square Garden" and the national tour of "Mary Poppins."

In his third production at The Lyceum this season, Michael Iannucci will be portraying the remarkably not-so-brave Sir Robin. Earlier this season, Iannucci was seen in "The King and I" (Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsay) as well as "Little Shop of Horrors" (Mr. Mushnik). Iannucci's many credits include the Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof."

The dashing and heroic Sir Lancelot will be played by the equally dashing Xander Chauncey in his Lyceum debut. Xander's credits include "The Magdalene" (Peter, Original Off B'way); "Perfect European Man" (Eugen Sandow, Cherry Lane); "Jack London: Sex, Love & Revolution" (Jack); "Fountain of Youth" (Anton: Orig. Cast Recording), "The Full Monty" with Elaine Stritch (Keno). Xander has been seen on Spike TV, CW and The Food Network.

In his second show of the 2014 Lyceum season, Brian Michael Hoffman will be playing the role of Arthur's trust servant, Patsy, in "Spamalot." Audiences will recognize Hoffman from his hilarious and touching portrayal of Seymour earlier this season in The Lyceum's production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Playing the role of Sir Bedevere, along with many others, will be Todd Berkich, who brought Audrey II to life earlier this season as the puppeteer in "Little Shop of Horrors." Audiences can look forward to actually seeing Todd's face in "Spamalot."

Matt Kopec will be making his Lyceum Theatre debut in "Spamalot," in a bevy of roles that include Prince Herbert, Not Dead Fred and the historian. Kopec is familiar with the slapstick, wacky style of Monty Python from his tenure as Buddy in the national tour of "Elf The Musical," not to mention regional credits that include a previous production of "Spamalot."

The "Spamalot" cast is rounded out by a talented ensemble comprised of Hiroko Yonekuro, Mary Beth Donahoe, Chloe Campbell, Jennifer Gruener, Kenny Frencoeur, Carle DeForest Hendin, Melissa Jones, Stephen Petrovich, Hillary Porter, Jacob Scott, Alex Reitze and Zach Williams.

"Spamalot" is directed and choreographed by Billy Sprague Jr. Last summer, Sprague directed and choreographed "Spamalot" at Music Theatre of Wichita, Kan., and has choreographed several productions of "Spamalot," beginning with the first regional production at Sacramento Music Circus in California and Music Theatre West in Long Beach, Calif. He has served as associate choreographer on "Beauty and The Beast," "Guys and Dolls," "The Little Mermaid" and "A Christmas Carol" at North Shore Music Theatre. He is an accomplished performer who has worked on Broadway in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (Lumiere u/s), "Cats" (Munkustrap/Rum Tum Tugger u/s), "Spamalot" and "The Merry Widow" at New York City Opera.

The production team for "Spamalot" includes James Woodland, musical director; Caitlin Ayer, scenic designer; Randy B. Winder, resident lighting designer; Stephanie LaFontaine, costume coordinator; Ryan Matthew Hall, resident sound designer; Tony Dearing, production stage manager; and Emilee Buchheit, assistant stage manager.

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