Monty Python's Spamalot

What: PCC performing arts musical comedy MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Where: PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709

When: February 26 – March 8, Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2/28 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3/7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Special events: Opening Night SPAMboree!, Thursday, February 26 featuring outrageous and hilarious activities (“nudge-nudge”). The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and is included with the purchase of the ticket.

Molly Starr Scholarship Endowment Benefit for PCC Theatre Arts students, Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Reserved seating: Tickets are $18 with discounts available.- www.pima.edu/cfa

Information: Box office hours: Tue.-Fri., noon-5p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 520-206-6986, centerforthearts@pima.edu, www.pima.edu/cfa

Tucson, Arizona-- Pima Community College Performing Arts presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, a musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. Original Broadway Production by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllistar/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Producers Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment and Clear Channel Entertainment. Brought to the stage by the creative team of director Todd Poelstra, choreographer Mickey Nugent, music director Martha Reed and pit orchestra conductor Dr. Mark Nelson. The musical runs February 26-March 8 in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

SPAMALOT is a silly and highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table, featuring a bevy of beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and Not Dead Fred. It borrows lines and jokes freely from the film Monty Python’s Holy Grail and fans of Monty Python will delight in the trademark silliness and humor they have come to expect. SPAMALOT adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film’s anarchic spirit. The quest of King Arthur and his comically inept knights for the Holy Grail has been woven into another quest: that of bringing the king and his entourage to the enchanted land called Broadway. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations. Musical numbers include King Arthur's Song, I Am Not Dead Yet, Laker Girls Cheer, The Song That Goes Like This, Find Your Grail, You Won't Succeed on Broadway, His Name is Lancelot, and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Director Poelstra says, “Constantly moving from slapstick buffoonery, high verbal wit and a unique meta self-reflective examination, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT works on multiple levels, simultaneously mixing the familiar with the exotic. Ardent fans of all ages have large portions of Monty Python and the Holy Grail memorized and will appreciate the retelling of these jokes with the reoccurring characters in SPAMALOT. Come see the Knights who say Ni, killer rabbits and the Black Knight. This is comfort comedy you know you can trust. It’s revised and funnier than the original and it’s changing the world one laugh at a time!”

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