April 2017

Spamalot Opens at Jamison Theater May 4-21

What happens when you cross a hilarious, farcical British satire with the best and brightest of Tennessee talent? Monty Python’s Spamalot, of course! King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table head for Franklin in this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy and are sure to bring knee-slapping laughter to Middle Tennessee.

As its 2016–2017 season finale, Studio Tenn brings this rompus musical farce to its very own castle, the Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin, May 4–21. More than just a lyrical parody, Monty Python’s Spamalot offers a wide variety of Broadway-level showmanship with massive dance numbers, amazing musical arrangements, and the occasional catapulted cow.

Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director Matt Logan; Photograph by MA2LA

A story of epic proportions, Monty Python’s Spamalot has its roots in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the 1975 cult classic that is “as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous.” Spamalot, much like its film counterpart, takes a thinly veiled jab at modern social, political, and even religious institutions.

Though it is the last show of the season, Monty Python’s Spamalot brings an arrangement of firsts for the company. Studio Tenn’s Managing Director Jake Speck and Artistic Director Matt Logan are marking their first performance together in a musical, leading the cast of local and national all-stars. With multiple theatrical accolades under their belts, Speck and Logan together make a satirical dream team in this Tony Award- winning musical of many hats.

“Its going to be really exciting taking the stage together for the first time in a musical,” Speck said. “Matt and I have known each other since we were kids, so we have many years of great experiences and hilariousness together to bring to our audiences.”

Jake Speck and Matt Logan aren’t the only names you are likely to recognize in this slapstick musical. King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and the ragtag Knights of the Round Table bring Studio Tenn’s exploration of perspectives full circle with a sidesplitting reminder to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

“We hope to really get audiences engaged with this show,” says Logan. “It’s going to be unlike anything we’ve done in the past, but I think it will really be a breath of fresh air for not only us but our audiences as well.”

Join in on the fun as we take an irreverent journey back in time at the Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin, May 4–21. Tickets can be purchased at www.studiotenn.com.

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