MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMLOT – Opens At The Golden Gate Theatre May 22nd

“Family Feud” star John O’Hurley to portray King Arthur

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT makes its California premiere in San Francisco featuring television star John O’Hurley as “King Arthur”. Mr. O’Hurley is best known for his role as “J. Peterman” in the hit television comedy “Seinfeld” and currently hosts the popular game show “Family Feud.” Monty Python’s SPAMALOT will play the Golden Gate Theatre beginning Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, July 5th. Lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical.
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SPAMALOT – National Tour Cast. Photo, Joan Marcus

SPAMALOT – National Tour Cast. Photo, Joan Marcus

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. Monty Python isn’t a person, but a group of British actors and writers (and one American) that performed their famous comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on the BBC from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent international fame and success. The original cast recording of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Directed by Mike Nichols, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez. Casey Nicholaw is the choreographer.

SPAMALOT –  Ben Davis, Merle Dandridge, John Hurley

SPAMALOT – Ben Davis, Merle Dandridge, John Hurley

Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the great American directors in film, theater and television. He has won the Academy Award and eight Tony Awards. He recently received the Directors’ Guild of America Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as a DGA Award for the direction of the HBO adaptation of Angels in America.

Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars, The Rutles – A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus was recently published by Harper Collins, and his long awaited sequel The Rutles2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch was released by Warner Video in March.

JAMES BEAMAN as Sir Robin – SPAMALOT. Photo, Joan Marcus

JAMES BEAMAN as Sir Robin – SPAMALOT. Photo, Joan Marcus

John Du Prez has composed over 20 feature film scores including A Fish Called Wanda, A Private Function, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978.

Set and costume design for Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is by Tony Award-winner Tim Hatley, lighting design is by Hugh Vanstone and sound design is by ACME Sound Partners. Others on the creative and production teams include David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design), Gregory Meeh (Special Effects Design), Elaine McCarthy (Projection Design), Joseph A. Campayno (Make-Up Design), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Music Arrangements), Todd Ellison (Musical Supervision and Vocal Arrangements), Michael Keller (Musical Coordinator), Peter Lawrence (Associate Director), Tara Rubin (Casting), and Gene O’Donovan (Production Manager).

Performance schedule:
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 PM. Added performances Sunday evening, May 24th & MAY 31st at 7:30 PM. No Wednesday matinee, May 27th.

JOHN O’HURLEY (King Arthur) is best known as J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” now the #1 syndicated television show in the world (seen in 85 countries), which won him a SAG award. O’Hurley is now the new host of “Family Feud” and ABC’s “TV’s Funniest Bloopers.” He was seen last summer on the top- rated ABC summer hit “Dancing With the Stars,” followed by ABC’s dramatic “Dance-Off!” One of the most recognized voices on TV, he has appearing in dozens of animated productions including King Neptune on “Sponge Bob Squarepants” and Blake the White Tiger on NBC’s “Father of the Pride.” O’Hurley has just released his first CD, Peace of Our Minds, a collaboration of his piano compositions with cellist Marston Smith, which debuted at #13 on Billboard. Musical theatre credits include starring roles in the national tours of Pirates of Penzance, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Brigadoon. His dramatic credits include Same Time, Next Year; As Is; Mass Appeal; and Fifth of July. O’Hurley has also shown his musical talent in concert, singing with many symphony orchestras across the country. For more than a year, John has been happily married to his wife, Lisa. Chicago marks John’s Broadway debut.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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