MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
The cast of the National Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT: A New Musical lovingly Ripped Off From The Motion Picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. Directed by Mike Nichols. Choreography by Casey Nicholaw. Golden Gate Theatre, corner of
CEREBRAL, INNOVATIVE, HILARIOUS SPAMALOT
It would probably enhance your enjoyment knowing the King Arthur legend and are a devotee British humor. However, none of that is necessary to be thoroughly entertained by the musical Spamalot that opened last night at the Golden Gate Theatre throwing the audience into hysterical laughter. In the late 1960s and early 1970s a group six undergraduates from
Never having seen a Monty Python TV show or movie, this article is a virginal approach without bias. The show is absolutely amazing with superb actors, to die for writing, astounding production numbers, fantastic sets/ projections/lighting and a directorial marvel. The Broadway production won the Tony Award for best Musical in 2005. To prevent competition with the
The story is based on the legend of Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail (The Cup of Christ), yet the opening number takes place in
Arthur gathers a motley group of men eventually taking them to Camelot becoming Knights of the Round Table. Their escapades and encounters, staged with expert precision, are side-splitting silly, often ribald and accompanied by an ensemble that change into multi-varied costumes, dance up a storm and sing lyrics satirizing Broadway musicals. Would you believe a battle with Parisian Can-Girls, a French fort protected by ingenious defenders with a barrage of cows and odiferous non-lethal human gas? Then picture the protector of the Holy Grail as a vicious bunny rabbit that actually bites the head off one who dares approach. And then there are the inhabitants of
It goes on and on with the final coup de graces a series of production numbers making a mockery of Broadway as they reflect that their show will never make in to Broadway “if it doesn’t have any Jews!” The musical numbers are reminiscent of Lloyd Webber, Rogers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, however the lyrics are pure Eric Idle. Merle Dandridge adds a touch of class with her sexy booming voice and gorgeous body. There isn’t a single weak character and I have been told they uphold the tradition of the original Monty Python cast. At the end there is short segment with audience participation before the final inspirational medley of “Find Your Grail.”
Running time under 2 hours with intermission.
Kedar K. Adour, MD
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