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Monty Python's Spamalot Musical Gets Cast 132

Frisky070802 writes "Slashdot reported last fall that a musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was in the works for Broadway. A new CNN article talks about the latest news, including casting (Hank Azaria and Tim Curry, as well as David Hyde Pierce of Frasier fame as Sir Robin!) and scheduling. And, oh yeah, it was Spamalot after all.... not Spamelot as the last Slashdot article claimed. Watch for previews late this year and Broadway next spring."
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Monty Python's Spamalot Musical Gets Cast

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  • by SinaSa ( 709393 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @04:36AM (#9640077) Homepage
    That's just we all needed. As if a bunch of nerds quoting monty python if high pitched shrill nasal voices, followed by raucous laughter wasn't bad enough, now they'll be singing it.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08, 2004 @04:39AM (#9640087)
    I was going to read the article, but then I got a grip on reality, and I though otherwise.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Oh great, the last thing we need are frenchmen singing off key insults at people.

    On the other hand, i've always wondered what the witch burning part would be like in song.
    • Expanding on the Trek fantasies expressed by some, how about Rene Auberjonios, spouting:

      "I fart in your general direction"

      Caught him doing the chef song from the Little Mermaid at a con once. Half the half-wits in attendance called him "Reen". We have some poor excuses for nerds 'round here.

  • Yup. (Score:5, Funny)

    by DeepHurtn! ( 773713 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @04:48AM (#9640107)
    ...as well as David Hyde Pierce of Frasier fame as Sir Robin!

    That is, without doubt, the most gratuitous exclamation mark I have ever seen.

  • I can't decide (Score:3, Interesting)

    by deutschemonte ( 764566 ) <lane.montgomery@nOspaM.gmail.com> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @04:51AM (#9640118) Homepage
    I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I also hate broadway.

    That said, I don't know if this will make me like broadway more or the Holy Grail less.

    I think I will just opt to read the reviews and just tell everyone I heard of it and was thinking of watching but I haven't had the time yet.
    • Re:I can't decide (Score:3, Interesting)

      I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I also hate broadway.

      OK, I'm intrigued. How does one "hate Broadway?" It's like "hating books" or "hating films." Now, I can understand hating musicals, or hating musical comedies, or hating certain types of dramas, even hating certain theaters, but "hating Broadway?" Did some stage manager drop a sandbag on you at an early age? Help me out on this one...
    • Re:I can't decide (Score:5, Insightful)

      by fizban ( 58094 ) <fizban@umich.edu> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:39AM (#9640925) Homepage
      Sorry, I have to speak up, because my wife is on Broadway... in a musical... a very cheesy musical, but also a very fun musical that brings lots of joy and entertainment to people looking for a good night out.

      I can totally understand when someone says they don't like Broadway. There are definitely many parts of it that aren't "good." My wife actually dislikes parts of it too, mostly the parts related to the "disney-ification" of the musical genre and the corporate mentality of profit before quality, as well as the slowly eroding support of the actors and actresses by the big production companies (Disney, Clear Channel, etc.). But she has to live with both the bad and the good, otherwise she wouldn't be able to make a living.

      However, that doesn't mean there aren't some real gems to find, including original, thought-provoking musicals that really do a good job of intertwining powerful music with good stories. Not everyone can make those kinds of musicals and plays, but they do happen.

      So, I guess my question is, what is it that causes you to hate Broadway? I'm not asking because it hurts my feelings, because it doesn't. I'm just curious, because it was a pretty broad statement. It's similar to "I hate Linux" or "I hate Windows." There must be something specific you hate? Do you hate live theatre? Do you hate big musicals, big plays? Do you hate the cheese?

      Now, that all being said, I will tell you that I met a guy a few weeks ago that is in this new musical and was also part of the auditioning process so he saw many of the people trying out for it. He's also a Python fan himself. He's not just some actor/comedian who's doing this for a paycheck. He's part of it because he loves the whole Python experience. And he said that most of the other people involved are also big Python fans. So, basically, this musical may be pretty good because it's being done by people who care. It's basically a bunch of Python geeks putting on a musical, with some original Python members involved in the direction. What true Python geek wouldn't be excited by this? Anyway, I'm looking forward to it. It may totally crash and burn, but I have my hopes...
      • He's part of it because he loves the whole Python experience.
        I hope he didn't say it in those words. "I love the whole Monty Python experience" is just not something a Python fan would say.
    • I'd like to see the live on stage version of The Life of Brian. I wonder who would play Biggus Dikkus?
    • I guess mostly I hate all the cheese. It just seems so fake and to me the acting isn't really good.

      IMHO, this is the one big advantage (other than special effects) that movies have over live performance (theatre, broadway). Movies are a lot more personal and allow you to immerse yourself into the story and participate emotionally.

      When I watch theatre or musicals I just really can't participate I guess. I could just chalk it up to the stimulus overload of my generation (born c. 1983), but that is like s
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08, 2004 @04:58AM (#9640135)
    Don't steal our history chaps, try and make some of your own.
  • by e6003 ( 552415 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @05:01AM (#9640141) Homepage
    ...the "and no singing!!" sequence?!
  • What about Spam? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by zr-rifle ( 677585 ) <zedr@zed r . c om> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @05:15AM (#9640177) Homepage
    Sponsored by spam [spam.com].

    Seriously, I wonder if this might hurt the company's meaty feelings [cnn.com].
  • Yay! Jim Carrey! Oh wait... Tim Curry.
  • by ericvids ( 227598 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @05:52AM (#9640263)

    Idle wrote the book for the new musical and collaborated on the music and lyrics with John Du Prez, whose film scores include the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series


    Teenage Mutant Ninja Dark Knights!
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Dark Knights!
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Dark Knights!
    Heroes and a crack king, Python-Power!

    They're the Camelot's fearsome fighting team!
    They're heroes on a mock horse and they're green!
    When the evil Frenchmen attack
    These Arthur boys will never say "Ni!"
  • What...? (Score:2, Funny)

    by ThePDW ( 764788 )
    No William Shatner??
  • You mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!

    Ni!

    Ecky-ecky-ptang-zweet-zooom-POW!
  • by Gallowsgod ( 766508 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @06:49AM (#9640413)
    And while we're waiting for the broadway version, why not enjoy the lego version [ifilm.com]
  • It might be very very bad. It might be good, but then again, it might be very very very bad. It almost certainly won't be great.
    • insightful??? INSTIGHTFUL?!?!

      explain to me please how "it might be good. or it might be bad" is insightful.

      that's like saying of a binary bit "it might be 1 or it might be 0".

      dude, you left out mu... it might not be made at all
  • by lxt ( 724570 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @07:51AM (#9640641) Journal
    Monty Python, "In French" - a brilliant show at the Fringe Festival 2003, which was basically Monty Python sketches performed to a UK audience. But in French. I believe it got the blessing of the Pythons themselves...
  • I remember Tim Curry as the butler in the movie Clue. Somehow I love that movie dearly while my friends mainly, erm, don't.

    The body!
    What body?
    Body's body!
    It's gone!

    How can you not love that?
    • How can you not love that?

      Easy -- I liked it the first time it was done. In Neil Simon's MURDER BY DEATH.

      (actually, I enjoyed Clue... but MBD just did the whole 'murder at a mansion' bit better)

  • > Idle wrote the book for the new musical and collaborated on the music and lyrics with John Du Prez, whose film scores include the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series and the hit, "A Fish Called Wanda." So he's either a genius who wrote the score for the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series or that bastard that wrote the new score...
  • Well, absolutely, and what makes it worse, sometimes at the end of a sentence I'll come out with entirely the wrong fusebox. And the thing about saying the wrong word is a) I don't notice it, and b) orange water given bucket of plaster.

  • Careful. (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Mixing Monty Python with Broadway?

    I have this mental picture of the Comic Book Guy arguing plot points with the Queer Eye guys.

    "Worst. Musical. Ever."
  • We're the Knights of the Round Table, We dance whene'er we're able, We do routines and chorus scenes And foot work im-pecc-able We dine well here in Camelot We eat ham and jam and spam a lot. We're the Knights of the Round Table Our shows are formidable But many times we're given rhymes That are quite un-sing-able We're opera mad in Camelot We sing from the diaphragm-a-lot In war we're tough and able Quite indefatigable Between our quests we sequin vests And impersonate Clark Gable It's a busy life in
    • We're the Knights of the Round Table,
      We dance whene'er we're able,
      We do routines and chorus scenes
      And foot work im-pecc-able

      We dine well here in Camelot
      We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.

      We're the Knights of the Round Table
      Our shows are formidable
      But many times we're given rhymes
      That are quite un-sing-able

      We're opera mad in Camelot
      We sing from the diaphragm-a-lot

      In war we're tough and able
      Quite indefatigable
      Between our quests we sequin vests
      And impersonate Clark Gable

      It's a busy life in
  • Just one leetle musical.

    Its only waafer thin..

    (explodes)
  • by bizitch ( 546406 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:01AM (#9641709) Homepage
    How cool is it going to be when they launch the cow into the audience!

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