Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monty Python's Spamalot

I purchased tickets to the event as a gift, not knowing what I was getting myself into. I had seen clips of the movie but that was all. However, I found myself laughing almost the entire show. The show is about King Arthur and his knights assigned by God to find the holy grail and the challenges that arise along the way.

Monty Python's Spamalot cover.*
The musical begins with a short history lesson about the time, requiring the actor/historian to break the fourth wall. Eventually the audience meets King Arthur and Patsy, where we learn that he is looking for men for his "very round table." He finds Sir Galahad, which allows for the introduction of the  Lady of the Lake and her Laker girls. It was an interesting mix of modern life with King Arthur's time.  In the next scene, the audience is introduced to all of the knights: Sir Galahad, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Bedevere. I hear that the story behind each of the characters is rather funny as well, but Spamalot skipped over this in the interest of time.

King Arthur and the Laker girls.*

Having acquired his knights, they return to Camelot, introducing a Vegas-inspired scene. It is shortly after this that the men are tasked with the job of finding the holy grail.  The first act ends after the brave knights run in fear of the French castle, the taunters, and the flying cows. Intermission brings forth a reminder of how much technology was involved in the production of the musical. It becomes a backdrop in many scenes adding to the affect.