Lance Evans

For the last two years of the national tour, Emily Croome has watched performances of Monty Python's Spamalot from her director's chair in the pit orchestra, where she leads a band of five musicians and cues  the actors and ensemble throughout the show. Spamalot will come to Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium for four performances this Fri-Sun, on a tour that also takes the company as far as Anchorage, Alaska. 

In a preview of the shows, Croome talks to Cara Lieurance about her life as a music director, and share some of her favorite moments and characters from the production. Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are some of the Tony award-winning musical's hallmarks.

Adam Mayer

Spamalot, the 2005 Broadway musical comedy based on the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, goes up Friday at the Farmers Alley Theatre. Starring Dirk Lumbard as King Arthur, and Jamila Sabares-Klemm as the Lady of the Lake, it's helmed by director/choreographer Stephen Brotebeck, a San Diego-based alumnus of Western Michigan University.