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4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something that wins the Tony for Best Musical, 6 Jun 2005
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Spamalot (Audio CD)
"Spamalot" is explicitly proud of the fact that it is lovingly "ripped off" from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Directed by Mike Nichols, the show has a book by Python's Eric Idle and a whole bunch of new sons by Idle and John Du Prez. Now that the production has won the Tony Award for Best Musical for 2004-2005, we can only imagine what will happen when "The Life of Brian" or "The Meaning of Life" are transported to the stage and another nail is driving in the coffin of Western civilization. All I know is that the first time I saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" I never laughed so hard during opening credits in my life (even with three of us sitting in two seats in the front of a Volkswagen rabbit--appropriate, huh?), and they do not have opening credits in Broadway musicals so I think the film still comes out ahead on that score.
"Spamalot" looks again at the legendary tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, who dance when ere they're able, they do routines and chorus scenes, with footwork impeccable. Throw into the mix French people, a cow, a killer rabbit, and the Holy Grail and wackiness ensues. The cast is headed by Tim Curry as King Arthur, David Hyde-Pierce as Sir Robin, and Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot. Then there is Michael McGrath as Patsy (and a myriad of other roles), Steve Rosen as Sir Bedevere, Sara Rameriez as the Lady of the Lake, and Christopher Seibert as Sir Dennis Galahad, the Black Knight and Prince Herbert's Father (the idea is keep true to the spirit of Monty Python and have a core cast do most of the nonsense and then bring in chorus girls to distract audiences from the inept dancing).
There were a few songs from the motion picture that are, of course, found in the musical: "Monks Chant," "Knights of the Round Table," and "Brave Sir Robin" ("Bring Out Your Dead" and "Run Away" were not exactly songs then, but they are now). Idle knows his most famous song is "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from "The Life of Brian," and he has no shame in having it pop up twice in this show. But I think the one that will get stuck in your head and drive you to distraction will be "The Song That Goes Like This." I was hoping they would do that one at the Tony Awards and exorcise it from my fevered brain, but they did "Find Your Grail," which is a better choice in terms of a production number that can feature the entire cast and a lot peppier than "I'm All Alone." Then again, I am surprised they did not do "You Won't Succeed on Broadway," with its explanation for what you need to have a hit on the Great White Way (count the levels of political incorrectness). But then I am back to listening to the rest of the songs and by the time we get to "Twice in Every Show" my brain is heating up again.
My favorite part of the "Holy Grail" remains the lesson in anarcho-syndicated commune living between King Arthur and the "Old Woman," and the reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 2, Verses 9-21, regarding the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. There are the Historian's introductions to both acts, but no other spoken comedy because they are working in as many songs as they can, almost two dozen by the final tally, including reprises and false starts. These are not great songs but they are great fun, and there are several that you will find yourself singing along with after a while and let me tell you that trying to sing both parts in "The Song That Goes Like This" is more difficult than you might think. Do you think there will ever be a touring company of "Spamalot"? We are still waiting for "Wicked" out here in the sticks, so this album and the DVD of "Holy Grail" might be all we have to hold ourselves over for the foreseeable future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any lover of musicals, 14 Feb 2007
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Mr. G. Dickson (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Spamalot (Audio CD)
I have just listened to the cd and it is fantastic. It doesn't matter if you are a "python" lover or not. Fantastic song writing, arrangements, great vocal performances and the production on this cd is first class. Tim Curry is as always delivering a great vocal performance, as are the rest of the cast. It is brilliant. Buy it, you wont be dissapointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait to see it in London, 24 Mar 2006
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The songs are excellent. Great melodies, new and old Python songs. Funny but with underlying social criticism and the great message that you should live your life like you want to. Find your Grail ! After I heard the CD I bought tickets for this year's show in London. Something to look forward to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 26 Jan 2006
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An absolute classic Python musical, which we Brits will finally get to see this year, as it's being launched at the London Palace Theatre.
My particular favourite has to be 'You Won't Succeed on Broadway'. Any song with the lines 'There's a very small percentile/Who enjoys a dancing gentile' has to be a classic, in my book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 31 Mar 2014
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The CD came in good time, it of great quality - there we no issues with the cd or case and i tell you what it is a ruddy funny cd!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 28 Sep 2013
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I. T. Cairns (UK) - See all my reviews
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Bought this on a whim for a family trip in the car. The kids loved it and thought 'This is nuts!'. Chock full of great tunes, great arrangements, some fabulous singing and genuinely funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 18 Mar 2013
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As an ageing Pythin fan, I love listening to this when I'm fed up. Guarantees a trip down memory lane and a gigle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 July 2012
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Does for musicals what Austin Powers International Man of Mystery did for the James Bond franchise. You won't regret buying this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 9 Mar 2012
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This is a great cd. Difficult to capture the atmosphere of the live show, but it's so much fun. If you've never seen the show though much of it will be lost on you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!, 30 Jun 2011
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Jana Nolte "bookworm" (Hessian, Germany) - See all my reviews
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Even if you didn't see the show on Broadway it's great fun listening to the songs.
Eric Idle did a great job there - again! And the cast is brillant. What else is there to say? Just buy it and listen to it again and again and again.... it's unadulterated fun :)
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