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Spamalot Tour Welcomes Richard Chamberlain

Stage and screen star Richard Chamberlain joins the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Monty Python's Spamalot January 20.

Chamberlain assumes the role of King Arthur in the hit musical, which arrives in Chicago Jan. 20. Spamalot is scheduled to play the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University through February 1.

The cast also features Matt Allen, James Beaman, Graham Bowen, Brad Bradley, Nigel Columbus, Timothy Connell, Cara Cooper, Ben Davis, Matthew Greer, Christopher Gurr, David Havasi, Erik Hayden, Carissa Lopez, Jennifer Mathie, Angelina Mullins, Candy Olsen, Lyn Philistine, Jennifer Rias, Darryl Semira, Esther Stilwell, Christopher Sutton, Steven Wenslawski and Paula Wise.

Chamberlain, well known to TV audiences through his work in the mini-series "Shogun" and "The Thorn Birds," has graced Broadway in such shows as My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

Spamalot features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, direction by Mike Nichols, choreography by Casey Nicholaw and is based on the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The musical tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God for the Holy Grail with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.

Spamalot earned the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and took home honors for direction (Mike Nichols) and one of its stars (Sara Ramirez).

Monty Python's Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, ended its reign at Broadway's Shubert Theatre January 11.

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