David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry (news) and Hank Azaria (news) were named on Wednesday as the leading trio for next year’s Broadway-bound production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot.”
“Spamalot,” to be directed by Oscar and Tony Award winner Mike Nichols, is billed as “the musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,”‘ the 1975 comedy directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
It tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. A chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight are featured.
Pierce, who was Dr. Niles Crane in the long-running U.S. sitcom “Frasier,” will play Sir Robin. Curry, known for his star turn in the cult film, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” will play King Arthur. Azaria, best known as the voice of Moe the bartender on the animated series “The Simpsons,” will portray Sir Lancelot.
The corresponding film roles were performed by Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and John Cleese (news) of the British comedy troupe.
Idle wrote the book for the new musical and collaborated on the music and lyrics with John Du Prez, whose film scores include the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series and the hit, “A Fish Called Wanda.”
The show is scheduled to have a world premiere engagement in Chicago from Dec. 21, 2004, to Jan. 16, 2005, before beginning Broadway previews on Feb. 7.
I had no idea this was in the works — this will be amazing!