The jamming and spamming return…Print This
Back by popular demand, the quest for the Holy Grail returns to the IU Auditorium stage in MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, the hit Broadway musical that lovingly spoofs the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail—and also lampoons celebrated historical figures, world famous events, and overly serious Broadway musicals!
This King Arthur tale includes the Knights of the Round Table and plenty of men in tights, but with some notable additions to the classic cult film. First, it doesn’t come in a metal canister—it’s live and full of astonishing comedic drive and energy! Second, it’s packed with up-to-the minute pop culture references, Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders, and a Killer Rabbit.
The musical’s book and lyrics were written by Eric Idle, a member of the original Monty Python team, who co-wrote the music with John Du Prez. One of the musical‘s most memorable songs parodies that token romantic love song found in almost every classic Broadway production: “Once in every show—There comes a song like this—It starts off soft and low—And ends up with a kiss.”
In one iconic scene, the clip-clop of horse hooves is heard just before King Arthur and his servant, Patsy, come into view. They come in prancing, without a horse in sight, Patsy following behind Arthur and banging together two coconut shells. Later, the Lady of the Lake brings in a flock of rapping Laker Girls cheerleaders to help the king entice Dennis Galahad to the round table. “Who da King?” asks the King.
At one point, the knights are given a new challenge: getting a show on Broadway. “Broadway is a very special place, filled with very special people, people who can sing and dance often at the same time,” intones the cowardly Robin in all earnestness. “They are a different people, a multi-talented people, a people who need people who are in many ways the luckiest people in the world.”
Spamalot’s broad appeal was first evidenced by its three 2005 Tony Awards—including Best Musical—and run of over 1,500 performances. It has been one of the most requested replays at IU Auditorium and is even funnier the second time! The Sunday Times hailed that Monty Python’s Spamalot “raises silliness to an art form!”