March 18, 2007 |
IT'S a dark and crowded theater in New York. The curtain has only been up five minutes, and Steve Wynn, the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, leans in, grips my knee and whispers in my ear: "Eric," he says, "this will be great in Las Vegas. " "Yes," I say, "it will. " Then I realize, slightly disappointedly, he means "Spamalot. " My future as a billionaire's date is still up for grabs. "Can I give you a ride home?" he asks nicely. I'm thinking 6th Avenue, but he means L.A. Well, OK. He flies us home in a plane bigger than my boarding school.
March 15, 2008 |
It was shaping up as the quintessential theater-world nightmare. Deep into rehearsal, barely 72 hours before the curtain would rise on this world premiere, the show's creator sat silently in a darkened theater, a potential disaster brewing before him. As the climactic musical number began, the onstage drummer began scrambling to locate a vital piece of missing equipment. He'd lost his pig nose. Out in the house, Eric Idle remained unfazed. No wayward snout was going to stop the reincarnation of his whimsical pop-music creation, the Rutles, nor his enjoyment of this utterly surreal career moment.
August 9, 2009 |
In these cash-strapped days, people are lucky to get to see a show once, never mind a second or third time. But with "Spamalot" now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre more than four years after it opened on Broadway and a couple of years after it premiered in Las Vegas, there are a number of returning customers, Monty Python addicts chief among them.
March 15, 2012 |
Doctors singing during surgery and harmonizing through foreplay made last year's musical episode of "Grey's Anatomy" one of the most memorable in the series' nearly eight-season run. Some critics panned the ABC doctor drama's attempt to go "Glee," but the cast showed musical talent behind those surgical masks. To show that the episode was no fluke, about a dozen of the doctors from Seattle Grace Hospital will take the stage at UCLA's Royce Hall on Sunday to perform select songs from the episode and other memorable tunes from the "Grey's" songbook.
October 18, 2005 |
"Monty Python's Spamalot," the Tony-winning musical based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" has recouped its $12-million investment less than seven months after opening on Broadway. "Spamalot," playing at the Shubert Theatre, currently stars Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce, who has extended his stay in the musical until April 2006.
April 19, 2008 |
The short list of Broadway hits on the Las Vegas Strip is about to get shorter. After a 15-month run, "Monty Python's Spamalot" at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Grail Theater will close in July, the casino said. Longtime Las Vegas staple Danny Gans, an impressionist and comedian, will replace the Tony-winning musical. "Spamalot" opened in late March 2007 as casino mogul Steve Wynn's second attempt to infuse the city's Cirque du Soleil-dominated entertainment scene with a touch of musical theater.