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Monty Python’s Spamalot

A musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It differs from the film in many ways including parodies of Broadway Theatre. The show was written by Eric Idle, former member of Monty Python it won the tony Award for best musical of the 2004-2005 season.
The show is on it’s second national tour since ending the Broadway run and I was able to catch it at the Colonial Theatre in Keene NH.

The show is about King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail along with his Knights of the round table including Sir Lancelot the Homicidally brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-As-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, Sir Dennis Galahad the Dashingly Handsome, and Sir Bedevere the Strangely Flatulent.

One very funny scene is the performance of “He’s Not Dead Yet” featuring Not Dead Fred. I was inspired to purchase an “I’m not dead yet” T-Shirt!

Former Monty Python member John Cleese has a cameo role but only via magnetic tape as the voice of God.

I have to admit to not being the biggest Monty Python fan, not to say I didn’t dislike them, I just thought them to be okay, but not great. My mind was completely changed with this show, it was hilarious, I only stopped laughing long enough to hear the next line. I think the Monty Python concept along with the Broadway barbs and the actors improvising with lines to including current events and local culture really bring an extra measure of fun to the show.

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