Musical Theater West will welcome a familiar face to take on the iconic role of King George for the final weekend of Spamilton: An American Parody. Spamilton’s spectacular cast of six will welcome their lucky number seven in a special cameo by Musical Theater West alumnus Matt Merchant. Merchant, an actor and stuntman known for his work in Vice (2018) and Valentine’s Day (2010), plans to make the already larger-than-life role even more memorable! Passing the torch from crowd-favorite King George to Merchant is his former co-star Jason Graae, who thrilled crowds in the first two weeks of Spamilton’s run. The two were last seen performing on stage together in Musical Theater West’s 2018 production of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Audiences can expect to burst into laughter when this fabulously comical character enters the scene. Tickets for the final five performances featuring Merchant at Spamilton, April 7-April 10, 2022, are available now at musical.org.
Spamilton was written and created by award-winning writer and director Gerard Alessandrini, who is best known as the mastermind of the musical series Forbidden Broadway, which spawned 12 albums, was nominated for five Drama Desk Awards and earned Alessandrini a Tony. Honoring Excellence in Theatre. With Spamilton, Alessandrini took on the juggernaut of musical theatre, and he didn’t waste his shot. As well as parodying Broadway’s biggest hit, Spamilton takes on top talent from the Great White Way, including Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minelli and Barbra Streisand. Audiences “will want to be in the room where it’s happening” to see the show full of celebrity satires, pop culture zings, new and original material written specifically for Musical Theater West audiences!
April 7, Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
April 8, Friday: 8 p.m.
April 9, Saturday: 2 p.m. / 8 p.m.
April 10, Sunday: 1 p.m.
Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach, 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
Tickets are available now and range from $20 to $96.
$15 student rush tickets available at the box office 30 minutes before the start of the show with ID.
Buy online at musical.org or call 562-856-1999
ABOUT WEST MUSIC THEATER
The story of Musical Theater West is the 70-year journey from a group of volunteers performing in a high school auditorium to one of Southern California’s largest and most respected theater production companies. Utilizing professional talent and producing regional and even global musicals while continuing to honor the tradition of classic musical theater, MTW is the largest artistic producer in the Long Beach area. The company continues to receive critical acclaim and national recognition – and many performers who cut their teeth on the MTW stage have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, television and film. Equally important, stage and screen veterans now come to Musical Theater West to perform, finding it one of the friendliest and most fun places to work. A key aspect of the company is its dedication to education, and education and awareness Musical Theater West’s programs bring the joy and magic of musical theater to more than 17,000 children each year through special morning performances , road shows and school assemblies, as well as the Summer Youth Conservatory. Musical Theater West’s mission is to enrich the community with quality Broadway productions, to preserve musical theater as a uniquely American art form, and to expose people of all backgrounds to the excitement of musical theatre. We hope you will join us.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Gerard Alessandrini – Spamilton: (creator/screenwriter): New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, national tour. Forbidden Broadway (creator/screenwriter/director): 25 editions worldwide. Also Forbidden Hollywood (writer/director), Madame X: The Musical (NYMF) (co-writer/director), The Nutcracker and I (lyrics), Maury Yeston’s review Anything Can Happen in New York. Television: special material for Carol Burnett, Angela Lansbury and Bob Hope. Movie: Aladdin, Pocahontas (voice). Recordings: 12 Forbidden Broadway cast albums, Forbidden Hollywood and Spamilton cast albums. Special Lyrics: Barbra Streisand Duets 2. Awards: Drama League Lifetime Achievement Award, Obie Award, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, 7 Drama Desk (2 Best Lyrics, 2 Special Achievement, 3 Best Musical Revue) and a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Theater. Special thanks to her husband Glenn Bassett for bringing his many talents to Spamilton.
Director/Choreographer Gerry McIntyre
Music Director Wilkie Ferguson III
Stage Designer/Technical Director Kevin Clowes
Costume Designer Dustin Cross
Lighting designer Jean-Yves Tessier
Sound Designer Julie Ferrin
Production Manager John “JP” Pollard
Assistant Manager Alyssa Escalante