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Don't Let it Be Forgot...

Spamalot "Don't let it be forgot," warbles King Arthur in the classic musical Camelot, "that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." 

Not a chance that Monty Pyton fans will forget about the spoofy Tony-winning tuner Spamalot, though they have undoubtedly been wondering when in the heck the hit show would make it to L.A., following its sojurns to Las Vegas and seemingly everywhere else.

Southern California-based Python groupies, take heart.  You'll no longer have to ask that question. Center Theatre Group has announced that the long-running Broadway attraction will make its L.A. debut  on July 7, at the Ahmanson Theatre, running through September  6.

Joining the previously announced Mary Poppins (slated for November) in the 2009-10 Ahmanson season, these are the only two shows revelaed so far for the upcoming roster.  Mike Nichols directs. Eric Idle's book is based on the screenplay Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Idle and John Du Prez wrote the score. Casey Nicolaw (of The Drowsy Chapeone and the Ahmanson's upcoming world premiere musical Minsky's) choreographs.

The zany show features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, klller rabbits, and armless and legless knights---not your ordinary, everyday Broadwy fare.

John O'Hurley, named by People Magazine, as one of the Sexiest Men Alive, reprises the star role of King Arthur, which he previouly played in Vegas. Other cast members are TBA. Michael Ritchie, CTG's artistic director, said that the remainder of the new Ahamanson season will be revealed next month. Hopefully more stellar attractions to add to these two blockbusters

--Les Spindle

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