A chorus line of dancing knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight will kick off Starlight Theatre’s 63rd Season during Monty Python’s Spamalot, May 31-June 6.
The outrageous musical comedy is “lovingly ripped off” from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” With music and lyrics by the Grammy-Award winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Spamalot tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Show-stopping musical numbers include “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “Find Your Grail.”
Monty Python’s Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show.
“You do not have to be a fan of Monty Python to enjoy Spamalot,” said Denton Yockey, Starlight President and Executive Producer. “In fact, if you don’t know anything about Monty Python or the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a great introduction. For those who are Monty Python fans, there is a good chance they’re going to go nuts when they see this show.”
Although Spamalot does not directly follow the original film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” it is just as irreverent with similar language, jokes and gags. “It’s a show that adults and teens will enjoy together,” Yockey said.
Tickets to Monty Python’s Spamalot are now on sale for $10-$85. Season ticket holders can save up to 36 percent off the price of a single ticket to Spamalot plus receive exclusive discounts including free parking, concession stand and shopping discounts, and free exchanges. Tickets are available at kcstarlight.com, by calling 816-363-STAR (7827) or in person at Starlight Theatre. Box Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Starlight Theatre opened in 1951 and is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. In addition to presenting and producing Broadway musicals and concerts, the not-for-profit organization offers extensive community outreach and educational programming which includes classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, the second largest musical theatre award program for local high schools and students in the country. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. It is operated in partnership with Kansas City Parks and Recreation.