The silly knight rises in SAU's 'Spamalot'


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Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2013, 12:03 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
A chorus line of dancing knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight will open St. Ambrose University's theater department season in Monty Python's "Spamalot" this weekend at Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

The outrageous, irreverent musical comedy is "lovingly ripped off" from the 1975 film classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." With music and lyrics by the Grammy-Award winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Spamalot" tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Show-stopping musical numbers include "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "Find Your Grail."

"Spamalot" is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show.

Special guests working on the Q-C student production include St. Ambrose University's emeritus director Michael Kennedy and Chicago-based lighting designer Michael Rourke. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $14 for faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; $12 for students; $11 for groups; and free for SAU students with current valid student ID. For reservations, call 563-333-6251 or visit sau.edu/galvin.





















 



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