Aiken joins Monty Python's SPAMALOT,
The Funniest Show on Earth
18 - May 4, 2008 on Broadway
YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Clay Aiken, who became a musicsuperstar
following his success on the American Idol television series,will
join the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python's
SPAMALOT,making his Broadway debut in the role of Sir Robin,
at the Shubert Theatre,New York, from January 18 to May
Tickets are available online now at telecharge.com or by
Directed by Mike Nichols, who won his eighth Tony Award
direction of the new musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT has
a book by EricIdle, "lovingly ripped-off" from
the screenplay of the Pythons' best- lovedfilm, Monty Python
and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, TerryGilliam,
Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The music is by
EricIdle and John DuPrez.
Aiken, who has sold more than 6 million albums; co-authored
best-selling book; and, played six sold-out concert tours,
said "I really
couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of people
to work with.
Let's not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative
minds like Mike
Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at
But, that's not all. The producers and creative folks I
have had the chance
to meet and work with so far have been unbelievably welcoming
wonderful. They've really made me feel at home already,
and I haven't evenstarted yet!"
Mike Nichols said: "Clay Aiken is amazing beyond that
voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master
People will be surprised by his wide ranging talent, since
impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember.
This guy is not only a star, he is a lot more. We are lucky
to get him for SPAMALOT." SPAMALOT author and original
Python Eric Idle commented: "This is great news. I
have been a Clay Aiken fan ever since I took my daughter
to see him live on the second season of American Idol and
she held up a big sign of his name. Maybe now it should
read 'American Idle.'"
members of the SPAMALOT creative team include Casey Nicholaw
(choreography), multiple Olivier Award-winners Tim Hatley
costumes) and Hugh Vanstone (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners.
Winning more awards than any other show in the 2005 Broadway
Season, including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the
Grammy Award for Best Cast Recording, SPAMALOT has set box
office records since opening on Broadway to critical acclaim
in March, 2005 at the flagship Shubert Theatre.
Monty Python's SPAMALOT celebrates one year in London's
West End at the Palace Theatre this week. SPAMALOT is also
on National Tour around the US and is playing at Wynn Las
Vegas. An Australian production will open in November in
Monty Python's SPAMALOT is produced by Boyett Ostar Productions,
The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence
Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent
Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals,
TGA Entertainment andLive Nation.