2005_01_artsspamalot.jpgGothamist readily admits to getting a major kick out of Michael Reidel's Wednesday and Friday theater beat columns in the Post. We love that directors punch this guy out when they dis their shows and that he seems to love to stir up controversy. He also seems to have a good feel for the mechanics of Broadway, so we took notice at his column yesterday when he declared that the upcoming Mike Nichols-directed prodcution of Monty Python's Spamalot will be the big hit of the Broadway season. He's saying it's going to be a smash on the level of The Producers. Remember when that show opened and the lines wrapped all over Times Square?

The show, set to open at Broadway's Shubert Theatre in March, is currently on an out-of-town tryout in Chicago, and stars David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria and Tim Curry. Reidel says the show already has a hefty advance which will only keep ballooning. If you're into Python or just have a yen for a splashy Broadway musical, you should think about getting tickets now.

Don't say we didn't warn ya about the line for tickets after the opening. See you in Spamalot!