Monty Python and the Holy Grail tonight at the Ron Robinson Theater

rrt monty_python_and_the_holy_grailThe Knights who say “Ni” will ride their fake horses onto the screen at the Ron Robinson Theater tonight.  At 7:30, the theatre will show Monty Python and the Holy Grail in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary.

Among the cast of characters are King Arthur, various Knights of the Roundtable, the Lady of the Lake, the Black Knight, killer rabbits and people who are not-yet-dead.  Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, it was written by and stars John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin as well as Gilliam and Jones. Others in the cast include Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth and John Young.

Using the Arthurian legend as a framework, it manages to satirize and skewer many other social conventions with a very anachronistic tone.  The film was adapted for the musical theatre stage in 2005 as Spamalot which won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The screening starts tonight at 10:00pm.  Cost for admission is $5.  Concessions are available for purchase.

ROCKing the TONY AWARDS – Larry Payton

Rock the TonyspaytonLARRY PAYTON

Little Rock connection: Founder and longtime leader of Celebrity Attractions which has brought Broadway shows to Little Rock since 1998. Though he died in 2013, the firm continues to bring shows to Little Rock.

Tony Awards connection: Nominated for producing the revivals of Peter Pan and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

He was a partner in the Independent Presenters Network which won Tonys for producing Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002), Spamalot (2005), and La Cage aux Folles (2010). It also was nominated for producing The Color Purple and Leap of Faith as well as revivals of Guys and Dolls and Ragtime. Last season, it won Tonys for producing Kinky Boots and Pippin.

Larry was also served on the Board of Governors for The Broadway League, the presenter of the Tonys, and was a Tony voter.

“Fool”ish Fun at SPAMALOT

Better SpamalotA great way to spend April Fools Day evening (or the day after) is at Robinson Center Music Hall.  Celebrity Attractions is bringing the national tour of Spamalot to Little Rock.  Performances are at 7:30pm tonight and tomorrow.

Spamalot opened on Broadway in 2005 at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre. Following the trend of other musicals in the 2000s, this show was based on a movie and a spoof of musical theatre.  Featuring a book and score by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, this stage version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail skewered not only the Arthurian legend, but also Broadway, popular culture and Spam.  At the 2005 Tony Awards, it was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards. It won three Tony Awards including Best Musical.

On tour, the cast is led by Arthur Rowan as King Arthur.  Others in the cast include Abigail Raye, Glenn Giron, Adam Grabau, Kasidy Devlin, Thomas Demarcus, Joshua Taylor Hamilton and Joe Beuerlein.  The ensemble includes Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Kimber Benedict, Jason Elliott Brown, Melissa Chaty, Carl Deforrest Hendin, Andrew Leggieri, Amy Owens, Alec Varcas and Ryan Jacob Wood. B. T. McNicholl recreates Mike Nichols Tony winning direction for this production.   Scott Taylor recreated the Broadway choreography.