Tuesday, October 17, 2006

West End Spamalot Finds Its Grail Tonight

West End Spamalot Finds Its Grail Tonight

It's been a long, winding journey for an idea that began with the 1975 British film "Monty Python And The Holy Grail," but its progeny is finally returning to English soil as it opens in London this evening.

Monty Python's Spamalot, which of course is "lovingly ripped off from the motion picture," arrives at the West End's Palace Theatre just a little more than a year and a half after opening on Broadway to great acclaim. That production won a total of three Tonys, including for Best Musical, Best Direction (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez) out of a total of fourteen Tony nods. For a limited time, Tim Curry returns to the role of King Arthur, which he created on Broadway.

Eric Idle wrote the libretto and the lyrics for the stage version of the comedic classic he originally conceived with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the late Graham Chapman. Idle also co-wrote the music for Monty Python's Spamalot with John DuPrez.

Now that King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Robin and Patsy have safely returned home, will London's critics give them a rousing welcome? We'll find out tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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