Monty Python's Spamalot

November 13, 2013 - January 25, 2014 |  Gompertz Theatre

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," this outrageous parody tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and has been called "Best new musical to open" by The New York Times. While embarking on their quest for the Holy Grail, the Knights encounter flying cows, killer rabbits, and taunting Frenchmen while performing heart-stopping musical numbers.

All songs published by Rutsongs Music & Ocean Music Ltd., © 2004. All rights Reserved, except songs from Monty Python & the Holy Grail, published by EMI/Python (Monty) Pictures as follows: “Finland,” music and lyrics by Michael Palin; “Knights of the Round Table,” music by Neil Innes, lyrics by Graham Chapman and John Cleese, “Brave Sir Robin,” music by Neil Innes, lyrics by Eric Idle; and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” music and lyrics by Eric Idle from Life of Brian, published by Python (Monty) Pictures.

Director     |     Bruce Jordan
Music Director     |     John Franceschina
Choreographer     |     Lori Leshner
Scenic Designer     |     Jim Hunter
Costume Designer     |     Sarah Bertolozzi
Lighting Designer     |     Dave Upton
Sound Designer     |     Marshall Simmons
Dance Captain     |     Tripp Fountain
Fight Captain     |     Jake Mills
Conductor/Keyboard 1     |     Emily Croome
Keyboard 2     |     Jonathan C. Marro
Drums     |     Tony Bruno*

King Arthur     |     Patrick Noonan*
Sir Robin     |     Bruce Warren*
Sir Lancelot     |     Danny Bernardy*
Patsy     |     Kevin Loreque
Sir Galahad     |     Gil Brady*
Sir Bedevere     |     Jake Mills*
Historian, etc.     |     Jacob Hoffman
The Lady of the Lake     |     Priscilla Fernandez*
Female Ensemble     |     Vera Samuels
Female Ensemble     |     Rachael Scarr
Female Ensemble     |     Heather Kopp*
Female Ensemble     |     Samantha Mills
Male Ensemble     |     Craig Weiskerger
Male Ensemble     |     John Scacchetti
Male Ensemble     |     Tripp Fountain
Male Ensemble     |     Carl Michael Wilson

*Denotes returning FST company member

PATRICK NOONAN (King Arthur) Past FST productions includeThe Mystery of Irma Vep, Jewtopia, and Edward Albee’s Occupant. A proud veteran of the longest running play in America, Mr. Noonan has starred in over 2,000 performances of Shear Madnessand has just finished another stint at the Kennedy Center. Favorite roles include the men in Almost Maine (Off-Broadway), Charlie in On Golden Pond (GEVA Theatre), and this one that you are about to see. TV/Film credits include 30 Rock, several Law and Orders,The Black Donnelly’s, Life on Mars, Hope and Faith, The Princess Diaries, and Choose.

BRUCE WARREN (Sir Robin) National Tours: The Wizard of Oz (Uncle Henry/Oz Guard/Nikko), 25th Anniversary Cats (Gus/Growl Tiger/Bustopher Jones), First National Oklahoma! (Jud & Ali Hakim U/S).  Off-Broadway: The Road to Qatar! (Farid/Claudio).  Select Regional Credits: Spelling Bee at FST (William Barfée), Treasure Island: A New Musical (Swing/Fight Captain), The Producers (Franz Liepkind), Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Anything Goes (Moonface Martin), Ragtime (Tateh), Singin’ in the Rain (Roscoe Dexter), Kiss Me, Kate (Gangster #1), Man of La Mancha (Pedro). Ithaca College, BFA.

DANNY BERNARDY  (Sir Lancelot) returns to FST after appearing last summer in The Underpants. Off-Broadway: Cougar the Musical(dir. Lynne Taylor-Corbett), Love’s Labour’s Lost (NY Classical Theatre), Phaedra’s Love (Cherry Lane), Every Girl Gets Her Man(SoHo Playhouse). Regional: Maple and Vine (American Conservatory Theater), Moon Over Buffalo (Cape Playhouse, starring Gary Beach), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Delaware Theatre Co), Vincent in Brixton (Virginia Stage Co.) TV: ABC’s One Life to Live (recurring), CBS’ As the World Turns. Carnegie Mellon, BFA.

KEVIN LOREQUE (Patsy) TELEVISION/FILM: Boardwalk Empire, Person of Interest, Saved by the Bell, Virtuosity, The Birdcage. BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR: Cats (Rum Tum Tugger). INTERNATIONAL TOUR: I Am My Own Wife (Africa, UK, USA). OFF-BROADWAY: The Poisoned (NYTW), Malvolio’s Revenge (New York Classical Theatre), In The Theatre (The York). REGIONAL:Thoroughly Modern Millie (Sacramento Music Circus), The Elephant Man (Northern Stage), Brigadoon (Goodspeed), Romeo & Juliet(Seaside), Walnut Street, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theatre. Ovation and Kevin Kline Award nominee, and Drama-Logue Award winner.

GIL BRADY (Sir Galahad) Last seen at FST in The Underpants(directed by the incomparable Bruce Jordan!), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Our Son’s Wedding, and Reel Music. Off-Broadway: National Pastime, National Tour of Annie, Boeing, Boeing (Seven Angels Theatre), Around The World in 80 Days andThree Days of Rain (Oldcastle Theatre), Grease (Fulton Theatre and Mill Mountain), The Full Monty (Foothills Theatre), The Crucible(Gallery Players), Rabbit Hole (Human Race), North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. TV: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children.

JAKE MILLS (Sir Bedevere) is excited to return to FST after finishing his Acting Apprenticeship here and performing with FST Improv. He joined FST from NYC where he was in productions ofAvenue Q, Spring Awakening, & Honestly Abe. Some of Jake’s favorite performances include: I Hate Hamlet, The Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown: The Musical, The Grapes of Wrath, & The Last 5 Years.

JACOB HOFFMAN (Historian, etc) New York: Elegies, I’ll Be Damned (Vineyard Theatre; TINA Nomination - Best Actor, Off-B’way Musical), Scary Musical: The Musical (York Theatre Company), Bless You All (Connelly Theatre), Playing with Charlie(Theatre Row), Nighttime Traffic; Legacy Falls (NYMF), And a Wake-Up (Fringe), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street). Chicago: The Secret Garden (Jeff Nomination), Parade (Chicago Premiere), Arcadia (Remy Bumppo), Falsettos (Chicago Premiere). Proud AEA member, NYU/Tisch grad.

PRISCILLA FERNANDEZ (The Lady of the Lake) is thrilled to return to FST after appearing in South Beach Babylon. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. Off Broadway and National Tour:Girl Talk (Dr. Laura); Girls Night the Musical (Anita, Kate, Sharon). Regional: Side by Side by Sondheim (Woman 1); Xanadu(Calliope); Hair (Dionne); Marry Me a Little (Woman); Rent(Ensemble).

VERA SAMUELS (Ensemble) After studying at Florida School of the Arts, Vera toured Central and South America with ArtSpot, an Argentina-based children’s theatre. She was recently seen as Natalie in Next to Normal at TheatreZone in Naples, FL. Some of her other favorite credits include: Ilse in Spring Awakening, Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George, Susan in [title of show], and Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show.

RACHAEL SCARR (Ensemble) feels incredibly blessed to be making her FST debut!  This past May, Rachael graduated with honors from NYU Tisch Cap21 with a B.F.A. in musical theatre.  She has done seven regional summer-stock productions at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Central NY and was most recently seen in their Gentlemen Prefer Blondes this summer as Ensemble/Lorelei US.  Other credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Cinderella (Cinderella), Seussical (Mayzie). Rachael is originally from Skaneateles,

HEATHER KOPP (Ensemble) Pre Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde(Trish, Blanche u/s) and A Tale of Two Cities. Regional: Miss Saigon (Ellen)- Western Playhouse, Godspell- Actors’ Playhouse,My Fair Lady, Winter’s Tale-Asolo Repertory Theatre, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator- Sarasota Magazine Award Winner), I Do! I Do!, Marvelous Wonderettes, Chicago-Golden Apple. Summerstock: Arundel Barn Playhouse. AEA member.

SAMANTHA MILLS (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be joining the cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot after spending the summer choreographing for FST’s summer theatre camps.  She originates from Yorktown, VA where she earned her BFA in Contemporary Dance from Radford University. This is her first experience in the world of musical theatre and couldn’t ask for a more amazing cast and crew to learn from.

CRAIG WEISKERGER (Ensemble) is thrilled to join the cast ofMonty Python’s Spamalot for his first production at FST.  Since graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design, he has performed in numerous regional theatres throughout the Sunshine State.  Favorite roles include: Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, George Gibbs in Our Town, Bobby Strong in Urinetown, and Michael in I Do! I Do!

JOHN SCACCHETTI (Ensemble) has performed on Broadway in the revival of 42nd Street with choreography by Randy Skinner, and in the revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. National Tour credits include 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. John has performed in regional productions of Singin In The Rain (Cosmo Brown),Good News! (Slats), How To Succeed…, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Anything Goes. John currently stars in the webseries Who Could Ask For Anything More(, which pays tribute to MGM movie musicals and silent films. John holds a BS in theatre performance from Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Proud member of AEA!

TRIPP FOUNTAIN (Dance Captain/Ensemble) is thrilled to be working on his first production at FST with Bruce and Lori!  Broadway: Hair (Swing / u/s Margaret Mead).  National Tours: Hair(1st Nat’l); Cats (Alonzo); Evita (Sloucho / u/s Tango).  Other regional includes Peter Pan (Starkey / Indian); Sweet Charity(Swing / u/s Marvin, Big Spender); Chicago (Tap Dance / Bailiff); and Altar Boyz (Mark).  NYU Tisch, BFA in Drama.

CARL MICHAEL WILSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his FST debut! New York Theatre: The Blue Angel - MEHR Productions,Gross Indecency (Carson) - The BASiC Theatre Project. NYU:Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Violet, Assassins (Oswald). Regional: A Chorus Line (Olney Theatre Center), Grease  (Olney Theatre Center), A Christmas Carol (Fords Theatre). BFA in Drama from NYU/CAP21.

BRUCE JORDAN (Director) is delighted to return to FST for the fifth time, having previously directed two productions of Shear Madness. He also directed Perfect Wedding as part of the 2012 summer season, and The Underpants which played at the Keating this past June.  His work on Shear Madness, which he wrote with partner Marilyn Abrams, keeps him busy all over the country and the world. The Boston production, now in its 34th consecutive year, is the longest running play in the history of the US. The second longest running show in the US is the Kennedy Center production which is now in it’s 26th year. Tonight, Shear Madness is playing in Paris, Moscow, Seoul, and Slovenia. Jordan has also directed 37 separate productions ofShear Madness here in the states and has supervised productions in Barcelona, London, Rome, Melbourne, Athens, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv.  Previous musical credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I Do! I Do!, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Little Mary Sunshine, The Sound of Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Lil Abner to name a few. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Jordan resides in Manhattan.   

KELLI KAREN (Production Stage Manager) has been an integral member of Florida Studio Theatre for the past 21 years. Kelli began at FST as a dance teacher in the education department in 1993. In addition to her classes at FST, Kelli has created and taught outreach programs at The Pines of Sarasota, Girls Inc., and The Boys and Girls Club, and has taught playwriting at numerous local elementary schools as well as our sister city of Dunfermline, Scotland. Stage management credits at FST include The Underpants; The World Goes ‘Round; The Columnist; Smokey Joe’s Café; In the Book Of; Perfect Wedding; Jericho; Next Fall; Next to Normal; The Savannah Disputation; Cowgirls; Ghost-Writer; Shear Madness; I Love You; You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 39 Steps; Beehive: The 60s Musical; Shotgun; Ruined; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Edward Albee’s Occupant; Motown Cabaret; …and L.A. is Burning, and Always... Patsy Cline.

JOHN FRANCESCHINA (Music Director) composed music for the National Shakespeare Company, the Mark Taper Forum, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Moscow Art Theatre, and the Asolo State Theatre. As a pianist/arranger, he has accompanied Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Nell Carter, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill, Lotte  Lenya, Paige O’Hara, Chita Rivera, and Gwen Verdon, and has conducted dozens of Off -Broadway shows and national tours. He has been a musical director at FST for Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers; That’s Life, Steppin’ Out; The Wanderers; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Night Train to Memphis; Reflections; Brassy Broads; and Laughing Matters.

LORI LESHNER (Choreographer) has performed and choreographed in theatres all over the country. Some of her choreography credits include Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, The Producers, West Side Story, Brigadoon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Cabaret, and many more. She teaches dance for actors for the grad acting department at Yale School Of Drama and theatre dance at Cap21.

JIM HUNTER (Scenic Designer) Jim’s scene and/or lighting designs have been seen at the Folger Shakespeare DC, Florida Stage, Phoenix Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Orlando Shakespeare, Arkansas Rep, Florida Rep, Charlotte Rep, Playhouse on the Square, Lost Colony, LaMaMa NYC, Drury Lane Chicago, Heritage Rep, Veggie TalesLive National Tour, and with the modern dance company Wall Street Danceworks. Jim currently serves as chair of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina.

SARAH BERTOLOZZI (Costume Designer) Sarah returns to FST after designingSouth Beach Babylon and The Underpants last season. Other previous FST shows:The Columnist and Perfect Wedding. Raised with a performance background, Sarah discovered her passion for design while at college. Since graduating with Distinction from the B.F.A. Theatrical Design program at Ithaca College, Sarah has enjoyed designing productions ranging from intimate, one-performer plays to large-scale musicals. Recent Designs: Shear Madness (1st National Tour; Troika), Outfoxed(FullStop Collective), Cause of Failure (FullStop Collective), Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse (State of Play). Assistant Design: Sister Act (1st National Tour; Troika); Off-Broadway: New Girl in Town (Irish Rep), Carrie (MCC), The Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth).

DAVE UPTON (Lighting Designer) is an NYC based lighting designer and is happy to be returning to FST to light Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Off Broadway David has designed The Bonus Army, Bigger than I, and The Mnemonist of Dutchess County.  Regionally David has designed for companies including The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Merrimack Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare, World Science Festival, Universal Studios Singapore, Florida Rep, Northern Stage, Tennessee Shakespeare, Orlando Rep, University of Miami, Adrienne Arsht Center, and ReVision Theatre among others.

MARSHALL SIMMONS (Sound Designer) is proud to be back at Florida Studio Theatre. Marshall has previously designed and mixed for The La Jolla Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Starlight Theatre, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Kanas City Repertory Theatre. He is grateful for this opportunity to work on Monty Python’s Spamalot.

EMILY CROOME (Conductor/Keyboard 1) conducted the National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and played for the National Tours: The Addams Family and The Color Purple. Other favorite music directing credits include Songs for a New Worldand Company. She likes Dark ‘N’ Stormies and is learning to play the electric bass so she can better note inferior bass players.

JONATHAN C. MARRO (Keyboard 2) Jonathan is a Pianist and Music Director living in New York, originating from Portland, Maine where he received his Music and Theatre training at the University of Southern Maine. Most recently, he conducted The Chain Theatre’s production of The Spoonriver Project, performed in the historic Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. He will be returning to the University of Southern Maine next spring as music director of the American Premiere of the French operettaLe Verfügbar aux Enfers (In the Underworld). Other New York and OOB productions include: The Secret Theatre: Wedding Singer (Keys 2); Narrows Theatre: Crazy for You (Keys 2). Other favorite past credits include: Arundel Playhouse: Shrek the Musical (Keys2); Maine State Music Theatre: Spring Awakening (AMD), Xanadu(Keys 2); USM: The Drowsy Chaperone (AMD), The Wild Party (Lippa) (AMD). Jonathan is excited for the opportunity to perform in this production, and this will also be Jonathan’s first winter without snow!

TONY BRUNO (Drums) is delighted to return to FST. He last appeared on the Gompertz stage in The World Goes ‘Round, Urban Cowboys, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Night Train to Memphis and drummed for Beehive: The ‘60s Musical in the Keating Theatre. Tony has drummed for dozens of musicals and has completed eight national tours with the Larry Stout Show Band. Most recently he has toured with various artists from the Mighty Tiger and Severn Records labels. He has shared the stage and recording studio jazz and blues greats such the late Bob Haggard, Johnny Varro, Junior Watson, Don Mopsick, BB King most recently, Music In Reel Time with legendary jazz pianist and film score composer Dick Hyman at the Sarasota Opera House.

ERIC IDLE (Book, lyrics, and music) has multi-hyphenated his way through life, from being a writer and actor in the legendary “Monty Python” TV series and movies, to the creator and director of “The Rutles.” He has appeared on stage singing rude songs with John Du Prez at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), for which they journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus. His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is available from Harper Collins. Their latest work, a comic oratoria called Not the Messiah, will be performed shortly in Toronto. His play Pass the Butler ran for five months in London’s West End; he has written two novels, Hello Sailor and The Road to Mars, a children’s book, The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and The Pussycat, and a bedside companion, The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book. Spamalot has already won him a Tony, a Grammy and the respect of his wife and children.

JOHN DU PREZ (Music) a Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and Associate of the Royal College of Music, he entered the film industry in 1978 composing additional music for Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This began a long association with Eric Idle, leading eventually to their current writing partnership. He has scored more than 20 feature films including The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, Once Bitten, UHF and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II, and III. Other Python projects include the Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl and The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book. He was musical director for Eric Idle’s two North American stage tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Ptyhon (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003). This is his Broadway debut.

MONTY PYTHON. Is he God or Godot, an agent of the devil or an agent of the William Morris Agency, or is he, as some have argued, a fictitious character invented in 1969 by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin in a desperate attempt to find a title for their rather silly TV show? Whatever the truth, he is the eponymous impresario who fronts “The Flying Circus,”The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, And Now for Something Completely Different and who appeared Live at Drury Lane, City Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He has fronted numerous books including The Big Red Book, and the Papperbok as well as many CDs, DVDs and matching ties and handkerchiefs. He is currently in retirement in an old jokes home near Dover, anxiously awaiting Nighthood and a Knightnurse. This is his first Broadway show. Further details:

"Delightful" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"You start laughing - and you don't stop" - The Observer

"Best new musical" - The New York Times

"It's own comic beast" - The Observer

"Absurdly funny" - Sarasota Magazine

Read The New York Times review of the original Broadway production here

The UK Spamalot cast set an ironic Guinness World Record! Find out more here

Eric Idle talks about Monty Python's journey from film to musical here

The song "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life if actually taken from Monty Python's Life of Brian, see the original version here