When I first heard about Spamalot, I had trepidations. After all, many movies have not survived the transition to the stage or television and the unique humor of Monty Python requires a deft touch. Then, I heard how all five surviving Pythons gathered after reading the Eric Idle script and more or less worked on making it better, lending their support. And then I heard the cast: Tim Curry. David Hyde Pierce. Hank Azaria. Directed by Mike Nichols. OK, then, this might have promise.
The promise was made good and then some.
I joined a gaggle of colleagues last night to see a preview performance (hedging our bets a bit) and we uniformly adored it, most of us complaining about sore muscles from laughing so hard.
As you might be aware, Spamalot adapts the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. All your favorite bits are there: the Knights who say Ni, the killer bunny, the insulting Frenchman, Bring out yer dead!