Eric Idle will write the book of the musical, based on the screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin -- members of the Monty Python comedy team, whose television show Monty Python's Flying Circus ran from 1969 to 1974 and gained international admiration. The score, which will be original except for two songs carried over from the film, will be written by Idle and John Du Prez. Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray) will choreograph the production and Tim Hatley (Private Lives) will design the sets.
"I like the title Spamelot a lot," said Idle of the project, "but I was thinking it might be smart to ask audiences on my upcoming U.S. tour if they liked it as much as I do. After all, they are the ones who will be paying Broadway prices to see the show. So there's a good chance the title may change."