Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer and Nik Walker On Bringing Musical Theatre Comedy Back To Broadway In SPAMALOT
The bright side of life is about to gallop its way to Broadway this fall when Monty Python’s Spamalot begins previews this October at the St. James Theatre. After a star-studded run at the Kennedy Center back in May, this musical comedy sendup by John Du Prez and Eric Idle will once again grace the Great White Way, for the first time since it originally opened back in 2005.
Spamalot follows the wild adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they set out on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Many favorites of the stage who performed at the Kennedy Center will reprise their roles on Broadway including James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as The Lady of the Lake, Jimmy Smagula as Sir Bedevere, Michael Urie as Sir Robin, and Nik Walker as Sir Galahad. Joining the company is Christopher Fitzgerald as Patsy and Ethan Slater as The Historian/Prince Herbert. Casting will be announced soon for who will take on Lancelot, played in DC by Alex Brightman.
I caught up with Kritzer and Walker on the set of Theatrely’s Fall Preview to chat about bringing this comedy gem back to the stage.
“I think what excites me most is just getting back into the room with these fools, we all love the work so much and don’t take it too seriously,” Walker told me. “It doesn’t even feel like work. When we get together we just get in there and have fun,” said Kritzer.
“It’s almost like a writer’s room. The piece is built, and it is obviously one of the funniest scripts ever written, but I am excited to dive in deep and see how we can bring ourselves to it even more,” he told me.
Josh Rhodes will direct and choreograph the revival. The creative team also includes scenic and projection design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Cory Pattak, sound design by Kai Harada & Haley Parcher, wig design by Tom Watson, and music direction by John Bell.
Spamalot begins performances on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, with an official opening night set for Thursday, November 16, 2023 at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.
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