Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happily-Ever-Aftering for Spamalot

Las Vegas has not been kind to Broadway musicals lately, with Avenue Q, Hairspray and The Producers all facing quick evictions, but you would think that the quintessential "straight man's musical" Monty Python's Spamalot could survive in Sin City. Apparently not, for gambling tourists seemed to prefer their nights in the casinos as opposed to the Knights Who Say Ni, and the Tony Award winning musical (based on the classic cult comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail) closes tonight at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel.

Spamalot's future isn't much brighter in the West End, as the London production has posted a closing notice for January 3, 2009, although a national tour will follow.

Meanwhile, on Broadway, fortunes are brighter as the tuner recently welcomed a new King Arthur, Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven fame, as well as former boy bander/Dancing With the Stars champ Drew Lachey.

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