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Houstonians Will Eat Up Three-Time Tony Winner Monty Pythonís Spamalot At Theatre Under The Stars
Theatre Under the Stars

March, 2013

Back by popular demand, Theatre Under The Star (TUTS) is excited to present Monty Python’s Spamalot, an outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”  With music and lyrics by the Grammy Award winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez and book by Eric Idle, Spamalot makes an irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table during their quest for the Holy Grail.  This three-time Tony Award winning show, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, also features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits, one legless knight and several show-stopping musical numbers.  With songs like “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” and “The Song That Goes Like This,” the audience will eat up TUTS’ presentation of Spamalot from May 14 – 26.

“This hilarious show seizes the stage with the same British comedic energy and sense of adventure we know and love from the film, and it leaves everyone begging for more,” said John Breckenridge, TUTS President and CEO. “There is no guilt in re-indulging in this supremely silly production. Just like the classic Monty Python films, this show only gets better the more you see it — and to those who disagree, I say ‘Ni!’”

Monty Python is not one single person but instead is composed of a group of British actors and writers, along with one American.  They performed 45 episodes of their famous comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on the BBC from 1969 to 1974, with subsequent international fame and success.  The group’s influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles’ influence on music. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and the uproarious musical Spamalot as well as helped launch the members into individual stardom.

To celebrate Spamalot and provide an unforgettable musical theatre experience, TUTS will offer special events in conjunction with the show:

  • Saint Arnold Brewery Pre-Party and Spamalot PackageThursday, May 16 at 5 p.m.
    • Hear Ye Hear Ye! Sir Lance and Sir Robin welcome all new recruits into the service of Arthur, King of the Britons. You are invited to Saint Arnold Brewery (2000 Lyons Avenue) for a few well-earned comforts prior to joining them on their quest for the Holy Grail. Sample some of the finest ales the realm has to offer whilst strolling through this Knight worthy tavern. Slake your hunger with tasty morsels from the Spaghetti Warehouse before embarking on the school bus headed to the Hobby Center for a performance of Monty Python's Spamalot presented by Theatre Under The Stars. Eat, drink, and beer merry - we are not dead yet!  Visit TUTS.com/Events for tickets.
  • Pre-show Informance with the creative team: Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
    • Join us for a pre-show discussion with members of the Spamalot creative team.  This discussion will be on the Gallery level of the theatre.  This event is free to anyone with a ticket to the performance.  Visit TUTS.com/Events for tickets.

TUTS will also offer dinner-and-a-show packages, post-show parties, and more VIP experiences.  Visit TUTS.com/Events for more information.

Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at TUTS.com, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  An audio described performance is available Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m.; open captioning is available Sunday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible.  Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.  Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com.

TUTS’ presentation of Spamalot is made possible by the generosity of Apache Corporation and Total.

Theatre Under The Stars’ 2012-2013 “A Lot To Love” season is generously sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. For all of TUTS’ shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle.  Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community engagement programs.  Currently TUTS engages more than 200,000 people annually through productions at Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened.  Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres such as Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as critically acclaimed re-inventions of classics Cabaret and Les Miserables.  Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS has helped bring Bombay Dreams, 9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Curtains and The Color Purple to Broadway and ultimately back to Houston audiences.

In support of TUTS’ mission, TUTS’ Education & Community Engagement programs provide instruction and stage experience for more than 48,000 Houstonians annually.  The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages, ranging from four to adult.  Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities that will enhance their development into confident, balanced individuals.  TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites.  TUTS’ community partnerships include collaborations with the Houston Independent School District and Region IV school districts, the YMCA of Greater Houston, M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital – Houston, among several other Houston-area organizations.  TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.



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