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Top Myths about Monty Python’s Spamalot

A few tips for Monty Python novices and wannabes. 

Adam Grabau and Arthur Rowan (Photo by Scott Suchman 2011)“I never liked Monty Python so I probably won’t like Spamalot.”

Remember the first time you tried liver? Or asparagus? OK, bad examples. But just like you didn’t have to be Jewish to eat Arnold’s Jewish Rye, you don’t have to be a stuffy, upper-class twit or even a drunken rugby fan to enjoy Spamalot. 

“Taste is the enemy of art altogether. I’ve thought about this a lot. People with good taste are constantly worrying about what other people will think. Don’t put that couch over there! It’s the wrong thing to be thinking about because it squashes expression. Of life and vitality of all kinds, and sex – all the funny things!”  —Spamalot director, Mike Nichols, New York Magazine

Arthur Rowan and Glenn Giron 2013“I haven’t seen the movie so I won’t get the jokes.”

Please note that the Broadway musical Spamalot is only a partial rip-off of the spectacularly low-budget film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  This extravagantly over budget musical, on the other hand, features a chorus of hunky men and sexy dancing girls, eye-popping sets, lavish costumes, plenty of new songs and several (extremely tasteful) potshots at theatrical institutions like Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Les Misérables. 

“Comedy is about reminding us of the truth of being human: we all have a body and we all must die, and it is okay.”  —Eric Idle, BBC News Online

 

Abigail Raye“I can’t take my mom/daughter/sister to Spamalot.  It’s really a guy show.”

OK, so your sons and husbands and uncles and grandfathers may know some of the lines by heart already, but Spamalot is so much more than fart jokes and dismembered knights. How about Tony Award-winning direction from Mike Nichols, director of The Birdcage, Working Girl and The Graduate.  How about Tony-nominated choreography from Casey Nicholaw of this season’s The Drowsy Chaperone?  

“But the Pythons didn’t write good parts for women because they were public schoolboys not used to dealing with ladies.”  —The “Seventh Python,” Carol Clevelandactress in most Python programs/movies/stage shows

 

Monty Python’s Spamalot plays Denver’s Buell Theatre March 28-30. Tickets: 303.893.4100; Toll free 800.641.1222; TTY 303.893.9582. 

…So don’t take our word for it – take theirs!

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