Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What happens in Camelot stays in Camelot.

...well, not really because I'm about to tell you a little bit about it! ;-)

We here in Louisville were fortunate enough to have the US tour of "Spamalot" stop through this weekend. It was, in one word, OUTFREAKINFANTASTIC!

I'm a Monty Python fan from way back in the days when we had only four stations -- ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. (Yes, your friend ConservaChick even remembers 8-track tapes.) PBS carried Monty Python's Flying Circus and I was there for each one. I can quote many of their sketches and movies word-for-word; however, I will spare you (just this once).

So, when word went out that Spamalot was coming to town, many of us were all a-titter with excitement. As a matter of fact, we planned well ahead and procured very nice seats for the show. Little did we know that what we would see and hear on Sunday night at the Kentucky Center for the Arts would be even BETTER than the movie -- for those of you who don't know, the musical is based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

For those of you who are fans of the movie, picture the Camelot castle scene filmed in Las Vegas... picture Sir Lancelot "coming out"... picture the Lady of the Lake perturbed with her agent... it's that fresh and it's all that and more. Friends, if you have not yet had the pleasure but find yourself with the opportunity to do so, SEE THIS MUSICAL!

(Yes, I know... it won Tony Awards in 2005. Louisville actually *is* that far behind. Grrr.)


Kadnine said...

I hear nothing but good things about Spamalot. Sorry I missed it, but it just wasn't in the budget, unfortunately.

Two year wait for it to reach Louisville is not that bad, though. Phantom of the Opera split into two touring companies (and at the height of Phantom mania brought a third over from London) and it still took five years to reach Whitney Hall.

Dawn said...

Wow! Five years for Phantom? Okay... evidently I was out in the SF Bay Area too long. I had forgotten what the lag time is on shows in "fly over country."

At the end of the show, in the cattle-like exit from the theatre, I overheard a few folks saying they were glad they hadn't seen the movie (WHAT?!*GASP!*) so that the musical was fresh. The good news is that it was fresh even for those of us who know every line from the movie. Heck, they even worked in a very famous song from "The Life of Brian." Made the show!

Kadnine said...

Always look on the bright side, Dawn. At least Phantom made it here four years before the Waterson was "completed."