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A musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Some Hilarious Moments and Some Good Musical Numbers

  • May 13, 2010
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I really enjoyed this musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Having seen the original film when it came out and remembering many of the famous lines (I'm not dead yet, et al.) I looked forward to introducing my son to the craziness as we took in the Broadway show.  We weren't disappointed.  Though we did not have any of the original cast, the actors were able to pull off all the classic jokes with the same energy as Mssrs. Idle, Cleese, Palin, et al. 

The added musical numbers did nothing to detract from the show and would only help to attract the average Broadway play attendee.  The jokes were delivered effectively whether it be the castle keeper throughing down a stuffed cow on King Arthur's knights, Arthur traveling on fake horses (throught the sound of coconut shells used like castanets) or the Knights who say neet asking to be delivered a "shrubbery."

Right now the show has ceased its run in New York and I am not sure if it is available anywhere.  Perhaps there may be a DVD available of the show.  If you are able to find this show, you should definately see it.

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review by . February 24, 2010
Spamlot: Run Away!!!!
Let the hissing, taunting and cows start flying my way...because as much as I love musical theatre and musical theatre parody, and as much as I adore the Monty Python crew and the Holy Grail film, I walked away from Spamalot sorely disappointed. Maybe my standards were too high because I adore all of these things too much; the fact of the matter is that I simply expected more from this show.      The set was fantastical, the costumes fun and the actors a talented bunch, but the …
review by . December 05, 2008
At the risk of being lynched, I have to admit- I'm not Monty Python fan. British humor, in general, is more likely to annoy me than make me laugh. When people quote Monty movies I usually want to punch them in the face.  You'll understand my distress, then, when my free package to the Wynn included tickets to Spamalot rather than Le Reve. But I went- it was free, after all, and I was rather glad I did.  There are classic Monty Python quotes here and just enough nonsense to make …
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Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, especially in its parodies of Broadway theatre. Eric Idle, a member of the Monty Python team, wrote the musical's book and lyrics and collaborated with John Du Prez on most of the music.

Idle explained the title in a February 2004 press release:
    "I like the title Spamalot a lot. We tested it with audiences on my recent US tour and they liked it as much as I did, which is gratifying. After all, they are the ones who will be paying Broadway prices to see the show. It comes from a line in the movie which goes: "we eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot."
The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004–2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations. During its initial run of over 1500 performances it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.


Before the play
A recording encourages members of the audience to "let your cellphones and pagers ring willy-nilly," and comments that they should "be aware there are heavily armed knights on stage that may drag you on stage and impale you."

Act I

An historian gives a brief overview of medieval England. An ...
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