“Monty Python’s Spamalot” Comes to the Mac-Haydn

CHATHAM, NY — The Mac-Haydn Theatre summer 2017 theme is “Come On, Get Happy” and there won’t be a wilder, wackier way to do that than Spamalot, playing August 10 through 20.  The musical based on Monty Python and The Holy Grail is inane, irreverent, raucous, a bit bawdy, zany and every kind of incorrect there is.  It is a perfect parody of Broadway musicals and includes a few specific shows in its tongue-in-cheek cheekiness.

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Come on, get happy laughs galore as King Arthur and his knights Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Sir Robin bravely fight killer rabbits and resist beautiful showgirls on their quest for the Holy Grail.  Their travels and travails lead them from the Mighty Portcullis to Mud Castle, Plague Village, French Castle and on to the court of Camelot and Feet of G-d.  On this path they encounter the French Taunter, Knights of Ni, Black Knight, King of the Swamp Castle and more.  Each stop has a particular and peculiar challenge to the quest, but the King and his knights bravely overcome them all.  The Lady of the Lake and an assortment of lovely dancing girls present their own special challenges, as do Prince Herbert and Sir Dennis Galahad’s Mother.

John Anker Bow will play King Arthur, in his first MHT role; his extensive experience includes Henry Ford in “Ragtime” and Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls”.  Paul Wyatt, seen previously at Mac-Haydn as Mark in “Rent” and the Baker in “Into The Woods”, will be Sir Robin.  Madison Stratton, who was the delightful con-woman Christine Colgate in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, will be The Lady of The Lake.  MHT favorite Gabe Belyeu lends his inimitable comedic flair to Sir Galahad.

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TAKING A BREAK FROM QUESTING — And from rehearsals for Spamalot, King Arthur (Center, John Anker Bow) is helped by his faithful friend Patsy (Ross Flores) in a chess-kers game with Sir Galahad (Gabe Belyeu).  Photo: Neal Kowalsky.

The Tony Award Best Musical winner score is filled with songs that match the story: Find Your Grail, I Am Not Dead Yet, You Won’t Succeed on Broadway, Always Look On The Bright Side of Life and What Ever Happened to My Part.

You won’t find a better way to “Come On, Get Happy” than Monty Python’s Spamalot – get your laughs August 10 through 20.  Performance days and times vary, call 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org for information and reservations.


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