October 20, 2008

‘Spamalot’ to Close on Broadway

Representatives for "Monty Python's Spamalot" have announced the Broadway production of the medieval musical is set to close early next year.

The show, which won the Tony Award for best musical of 2005, is scheduled to play its last performance at the Shubert Theatre Jan. 18, 2009.

Based on the classic big-screen comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the musical will have played 1,582 performances and 35 previews by the end of its Broadway run.

The current cast of "Spamalot" includes Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge as King Arthur and Lady of the Lake, respectively. Clay Aiken, who finishes his return engagement in the production Jan. 4, 2009, stars as Sir Robin.

When the musical closes on Broadway it will have grossed more than $175 million and will have been seen by more than 2 million people.

The musical recouped its investment in under six months, and the production holds the record for weekly gross sales in any Shubert theater -- $1,407,586 for the week ending Jan. 1, 2006.

A national touring production will continue performances across North America after more than 30 months on the road and a West End production is to complete its successful two-year run at London's Palace Theatre at the end of this year. The musical recently opened in Barcelona, Spain, and is scheduled to open soon in Germany, representatives said.