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March 18, 2007 | By Eric Idle, Special to The Times
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.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
They are all officially senior citizens -- and so are many of their fans -- but that isn't stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show. Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event," he wrote.
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November 1, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
In her new memoir, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reflects on her decision to take a vacation at the time of Hurricane Katrina, a move that she now describes as “tone-deaf.” As Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, Rice was coming off nine months of travel to 46 countries. When friends invited her to New York for the U.S. Open tennis championships, Rice was grateful for the “opportunity to break away from the daily grind.” “I didn't think much about the dire warnings of an approaching hurricane called Katrina,” she wrote in the book, "No Higher Honor," which hit stores Tuesday.
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March 15, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
They are all officially senior citizens -- and so are many of their fans -- but that isn't stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show. Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event," he wrote.
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March 15, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 15, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 9, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
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.
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October 18, 2005 | Associated Press
"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.
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April 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
In her new memoir, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reflects on her decision to take a vacation at the time of Hurricane Katrina, a move that she now describes as “tone-deaf.” As Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, Rice was coming off nine months of travel to 46 countries. When friends invited her to New York for the U.S. Open tennis championships, Rice was grateful for the “opportunity to break away from the daily grind.” “I didn't think much about the dire warnings of an approaching hurricane called Katrina,” she wrote in the book, "No Higher Honor," which hit stores Tuesday.
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February 22, 2011
STAGE Monty Python's Spamalot Theatergoers in search of killer rabbits and persistent dismembered knights need look no further than this musical adapted for the stage ? or "lovingly ripped off," in the parlance of the production ? from the absurd Arthurian comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail. " The show, which features a new score by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, skewers the Knights of the Round Table, pop culture, Broadway musicals and just about anything else it sets its sights on. Fred Kavli Theatre , 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
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August 9, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
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.
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July 10, 2009 | CHARLES McNULTY, THEATER CRITIC
In the mood for a little medieval merry-making? I didn't think I was, but Monty Python has a way of coaxing you into its giddy time machine for a journey that, no matter how far-flung, usually ends up in the troupe's delightfully familiar backyard of anachronistic zaniness. You certainly don't have to be a cult follower to enjoy "Monty Python's Spamalot," the Tony-winning musical largely based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," one of the films that extended the global reach of the group's distinctive brand of British hilarity.
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January 15, 2009 | A Times Staff Writer
Four years after it opened on Broadway, "Monty Python's Spamalot" will finally make its way to L.A. in July as the opening show of the new season at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," ended its Broadway run Sunday. Last year, a production opened at the Wynn Las Vegas, starring John O'Hurley. The former "Dancing With the Stars" winner and "Seinfeld" semi-regular will reprise the role of King Arthur at the Ahmanson from July 7 to Sept.
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July 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- For 11 seasons, Stephen Collins played Eric Camden, the father and small-town minister of the hit TV drama "7th Heaven," which apparently left an impression on viewers. "I find people are very polite to me, which is really sweet," Collins says. "They tend to be on their good behavior because they sort of do think that I'm kind of a minister."
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February 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A small-budget revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park With George" took a handful of prizes at the 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards, while the Monty Python romp "Spamalot" emerged the biggest loser. "Spamalot" went home empty-handed Sunday despite seven nominations, including best new musical, for the prizes that honor the best of the London stage. The $12-million production opened in London in October after a triumphant run on Broadway that saw it win three Tony Awards.
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April 8, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
THE opening of "Spamalot" at Wynn last week was the sort of over-the-top Vegas night that Steve Wynn is famous for. It was packed with industry stars, including Steve Martin, Geena Davis, Robin Williams and Siegfried and Roy, and Wynn's famous attention to details was fully evident, from the lavish themed after-party that packed a convention ballroom to thinking to turn the traditional red carpet into a cow pattern. "Spamalot" might have started on Broadway, but this was pure Vegas.
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April 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
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.
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