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HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL TO PRESENT INTERNATIONAL MJSICAL COMEDY SENSATION
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

 
Experience King Arthur’s Quest As You’ve Never Seen Or Heard It Before – Complete With Beautiful Showgirls, Killer Rabbits, Taunting Frenchmen and Showstopping Musical Numbers

 Monty Python's Spamalot

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – June 11, 2015 – The Heritage Theatre Festival 2015 season takes a turn for the delightfully ridiculous with the Tony Award-winning international musical comedy hit Monty Python’s Spamalot, opening June 30 at the Culbreth Theatre.

“Lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the show offers the Python gang’s signature silliness put to hilarious use in a skewed take on  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table’s mythical quest that is itself a satirical sendup of classic musicals. And, just like its celluloid predecessor, the show comes complete with beautiful showgirls, killer rabbits, and taunting Frenchmen!

Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Heritage Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel, will be presented in the Culbreth Theatre from June 30-July 5. Adult tickets for the show are $40.00 if purchased prior to June 30, and $45 if purchased after that date. Student tickets are $20.00.

Single and season tickets for the 2015 Heritage Theatre Festival season are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located in the lobby of the Drama Building), online at www.heritagetheatrefestival.org,
or by phone at 434-924-3376.

“I can honestly say I have never laughed so hard in a theater as I did the first time I saw this show on Broadway,” Chapel said. “I recently took a trip to New York and stopped by the Lincoln Center library to watch the show again and there I was, all by myself, laughing just as hard all over again.  It is just pure fun on a massive scale, brilliantly written, with a great score – it is the perfect summer escape.”

Chapel said that while the show has always been a hit with Python fans around the world, it has also helped introduce legions of new fans into the troupe’s insane, and purposefully inane brand of tomfoolery.

“This troupe, thanks in large part to this movie, continues to have fans that are so dedicated that they can, all these years later, recite entire scenes from memory,” Chapel said. “But what this show has done is reinvigorated their material by introducing it to brand new audiences as well, adding  Grammy-winning songs from Eric Idle and John DuPrez that takes the proceedings to a whole new level. There is a reason this show took Broadway by storm and continues to tour all over the world, and I am so excited to share it with Heritage audiences.”

The 2015 Heritage Theatre Festival season continues with the acclaimed Murray Schisgal comedy Luv, opening June 25 in the Ruth Caplin Theatre; the highly-entertaining Irving Berlin revue I Love a Piano, opening  July 21 in the Helms Theatre; a look at the offbeat lives and loves of a tiny town that geography almost forgot in Almost, Maine, opening on July 23 at the Ruth Caplin Theatre, and Violet, the touching and hopeful musical tale of a young girl’s journey to find the real meaning of beauty. Violet opens on July 28 at the Culbreth Theatre.

Free parking for all Heritage Theatre Festival performances is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters. 
For more information on the 2015 Heritage Theatre Festival season, visit, www.heritagetheatrefestival.org.

 

HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL TO LAUNCH 2015 SEASON
WITH AWARD-WINNING MURRAY SCHISGAL COMEDY LUV

 
Award-Winning 1965 Comedy Mines Hilarity from Heartache While Spotlighting 
The Pitfalls and Pratfalls Along The Tricky Road To Love and Happiness

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – June 4, 2015 – And now, for something completely…absurd! Heritage Theatre Festival is kicking off its 41st season with Murray Schisgal’s Luv, the award-winning 1965 comedy that asks the question , “If an old college pal told you not to jump off a bridge, would you?”

Originally directed on Broadway by the legendary Mike Nichols, Luv takes place entirely on a suspension bridge where down-on-his-luck beatnik Harry is preparing for his final leap, only to be interrupted by a far more successful college classmate, Milt. The two prove once and for all that misery indeed loves company as their dueling neuroses and lamentations launch laughs and, for Milt, a possible solution to his biggest problem - his desire to ditch his wife Ellen!

Luv will be presented in the Ruth Caplin Theatre from June 25-27; June 30, July 1-3 and July 5. Adult tickets for the show are $25 if purchased before June 25 and $30 if purchased after that date. Student tickets are $15.

Single and season tickets for the 2015 Heritage Theatre Festival season are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located in the lobby of the Drama Building), online at www.heritagetheatrefestival.org,
or by phone at 434-924-3376.

Luv will feature Chris Patrick, who delighted audiences last year as the salon owner in the raucous comedy Shear Madness, along with Heritage newcomers Evan Bergman,  and Alexandra Deglise-Umble.  Evan Bergman earned raves in  the recent U.Va. Drama production of the Leonard Bernstein musical Wonderful Town; and Alex Delise-Umble turned in a memorable and powerful performance in the U.Va. Drama production of Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire.

“This show is a sharp, witty, and physical comedy about three lost souls searching for love and happiness on a New York City bridge,” said director Bryan Garey. “I like to think of it as Mad Men style meets The Carol Burnett Show – an incredible example of the way truly gifted writers can find laughter in the toughest of circumstances, and how we can all learn from that still today. This is a silly, fast-paced, smart, thought-provoking and ultimately meaningful show, and I think our audiences are really going to enjoy diving into its wonderfully skewed world to find the comedy that is really in all our lives.”

“The show captures the trademark subversive nature of the 60s,” Garey said, “while touching on issues that today’s audiences can completely relate to and access. This was an edgy show for its time, especially coming out of the conservative 1950s. It sort of brings to mind at once the sharpness of a Neil Simon and the zaniness of a Mel Brooks. Schisgal’s work in this play is even more impressive all these years later given how relatable his topics still are to audiences. These are people struggling to make their way in the world and battling the complexities of life, the challenges of marriage, and so many things that haven’t really changed all these years later. “

“These people,” Garey said, “are ultimately dealing with the questions that drive all of us – Am I happy? Do I have love in my life? And what does that even mean?” Luckily for audiences, Garey said, what it means in this case is a quirky, funny evening of theatre in a show that has delighted people around the world for the last 50 years.

The  production is the first of five Heritage shows this summer, including the Tony Award-winning worldwide musical comedy smash Monty Python’s Spamalot, opening June 30 at the Culbreth Theatre; the highly entertaining Irving Berlin revue I Love a Piano, opening July 21 in the Helms Theatre; a look at the offbeat lives and loves of a tiny town that geography almost forgot in Almost, Maine, opening on July 23 at the Ruth Caplin Theatre, and Violet, the touching and hopeful musical tale of a young girl’s journey to find the real meaning of beauty. Violet opens on July 28 at the Culbreth Theatre.

Free parking for all Heritage Theatre Festival performances is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters. 

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