The musical originally ran on
Fans of Monty Python and newcomers to British comedy will both find something to love with this show.
One of the actors in the movie,
Set in the barbaric and plague-riddled Middle Ages, "Spamalot" takes the audience on a journey as King Arthur (played by
Irwin and Lambert are a great comedy pair who play off each other well. Lambert has few lines, but her hilarious facial expressions tell the whole story without saying a word.
The show pokes fun at the Arthurian legend (along with poking fun at
Clements manages amazing vocal talent and comedy at the same time. Her "Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened to
The well-choreographed show flowed seemingly effortlessly from acting, to a dance number, to a song.
If there was a weak spot in the show, it would be that they seemed to use all their best material in the first act before the intermission and the laughs tapered off during the second segment of the show.
Fans of the original film will get a good laugh from familiar characters like Not-Dead Fred (
Some sound bites clipped from the original movie sprinkled throughout the show were a bit out of sync at times and seemed to detract from the show more than they added.
Diverging from the movie, the musical adds some great songs including, "The Song that Goes Like This," "Find Your Grail," "I'm All Alone," and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," borrowed from the movie "Monty Python's Life of Brian."
Also new are the Laker Girls (
The cast makes full use of the stage and takes advantage of space by journeying through the audience at times.
Live theater is difficult enough, but to act, dance, sing and be funny is a monumental task "Spamalot" accomplishes valiantly.
The show has some coarse language, sexual humor and battle scenes, so it is not recommended for children younger than 12.
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