Maurer Productions OnStage, the award-winning team that brought you Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Avenue Q has selected the zany musical comedy "Monty Python’s Spamalot" and the family-friendly show "Shrek The Musical" to headline it’s 2013-2014 season at the Kelsey Theatre.
Perry Award-winning director John Maurer is set to helm "Monty Python’s Spamalot" (Nov 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, Dec 1, 2013).
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the Tony Award-winning "Monty Python’s Spamalot" tells the legendary tale of King Arthur, his knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. "Monty Python’s Spamalot" features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.
A warning to the audience: "Spamalot" is not exactly like the film. For example, it doesn’t come in a metal canister, but it does feature many of the same characters and the same sense of Python humor. Songs include “Find Your Grail”, “He Is Not Dead Yet”, “The Song That Goes Like This”, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway.”
"Monty Python's Spamalot" was the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. (Rated PG-13)
Then, in the Spring, MPO Music Director Laurie Gougher, who’s recent directing credits include award- winning productions of 13 The Musical and "Seussical," will trade in her conductor’s baton for the director’s chair to help the family favorite Shrek The Musical (May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15).
Based on the Oscar®- winning film from DreamWorks, "Shrek The Musical" brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, "Shrek The Musical" is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone! (Rated G)
The Kelsey Theatre is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550