Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spamalot Heads Palace Season with Launch of National Tour

Audiences everywhere will be eating up Spamalot when the Tony Award-winning musical embarks on the fair city of Waterbury for three performances at the Palace Theater on Sept. 24 and 25. The national Broadway tour will kick off the theater’s 2010-2011 Webster Broadway Series, sponsored in part by WTNH/MyTV9.

Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Spamalot tells the legendary tale of the quest by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail. The mucial features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, flying cows, one legless knight and show-stopping musical numbers.

In a unique opportunity for the Palace Theater, the tour’s cast and crew will take up residency at the performing arts center for three weeks prior to the scheduled performances to re-tool and tech the production before it embarks on its 2010 national tour. This residency will present local students and patrons alike with exciting behind the scenes opportunities as well as ‘meet and greets’ with the director and cast members.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at http://www.palacetheaterct.org/, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounted rates and should call the Group Sales hotline at 203-346-2002. For more information on becoming an EPASS member, contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000.

Other shows rounding out the theater season at the Palace are:


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 8 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, Dec. 9 – 7:30 pm
Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ornaments come to life as costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and breathtaking artistry. An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians fill this Cirque Dream on stage and in the air and while dangling from a 24 foot tall magical tree.


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Friday, Jan. 28 – 8 pm
Saturday, Jan. 29 – 2 pm & 8 pm
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Tony Award® winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, embarks on its North American Tour. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a timeless classic.

GREASE
Friday, March 18 – 8 pm
Saturday, March 19 – 2 pm & 8 pm
The one that you want is back! GREASE, Time Magazine’s 2007 pick for “#1 musical of the year,” is rockin’ across the country in this new production direct from Broadway. Now starring Laverne & Shirley’s Eddie Mekka (Carmine “the big ragu” Ragusa) as DJ Vince Fontaine. Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins, and T-birds. “Bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of your favorite songs: “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together,” as well as additional songs from the hit movie: “Grease,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
We also have two “one night only” presentations:

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL
Saturday, Feb. 19 – 8 pm
A touching and hilarious 'tell-it-like-it-is' look at the lives of a group of female friends, follows five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild and hilarious karaoke night out.

RIVERDANCE
Wednesday, March 2 - 7:30 pm

RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play one Farewell Performance at the Palace Theater.

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