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Broadway Awards Spam 121

norfolkboy writes "Spamalot the musical that is! The BBC is reporting that Spamalot has topped the nominations for Broadway's main awards, the Tonys. It is nominated for 14 awards. Of course, this has nothing to do with SPAM, but since the Musical was previously announced on Slashdot, I thought readers would be interested in this followup."
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Broadway Awards Spam

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  • They're going to tour in Hawai'i?
    • Wonder not (Score:3, Funny)

      by ackthpt ( 218170 ) *
      They're going to tour in Hawai'i?

      I shudder to think if they took this show on the road, what might happen (Cue dream sequence)

      • Players strike because audience insists upon singing along with every tune, often in better key.
      • A major traffic jam in the lobby and considerable seating problems because everyone is wearing a suit of armor.
      • All grocers do a booming business in coconuts.
      • Don't even think of it playing in San Juan Capistrano!
      • Another major traffic jam when this play is over as everyone in
      • Not only funny, but a fantastic San Juan Capistsano reference. I have to ask, is it that well known outside of Central CA (where I grew up) or do you actually live in those parts?
        • San Juan Capistrano is SoCal, not Central Ca.

          Took me a minute to get it, but then I remembered when my Cub Scout pack went to Capistrano to see the swallows return (and no, I don't know if they were European or African).
        • Not only funny, but a fantastic San Juan Capistsano reference. I have to ask, is it that well known outside of Central CA (where I grew up) or do you actually live in those parts?

          I live a few hundred miles up the coast, where the seagulls return to shit on your car like clockwork.

          There was a song years ago, When The Swallows Return To Capistrano and there have been numerous references to their return in the national news over the years -- something along the lines of signs of spring, first robin, dandel

  • tony (Score:4, Funny)

    by Reignking ( 832642 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:45AM (#12489039) Journal
    Ok, Tony Awards are definitely not news for nerds...
  • Nee! n/t (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Nee!
  • by gowen ( 141411 ) <gwowen@gmail.com> on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:46AM (#12489051) Homepage Journal
    The all-new-look slashdot, covering Broadway, off Broadway, off-off-Broadway and particularly intensely acted games of Dungeons and Dragons.

    News for Nureyev.
    Stuff that matters.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The soundtrack is out now, but who wants to hear it when pictures of coconuts are available?
  • by Zarks ( 783916 )
    Technically it does have something to do with spam because IIRC spam was named after said Monty Python sketch?

    Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;
    • Not to mention, that Spamalot is a musical based on the Holy Grail.
    • That's loaded with spam [detritus.org].
      Wife: Have you got anything without spam?
      Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.
      Wife: I don't want ANY spam!
      Man: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
      Wife: THAT'S got spam in it!
      Man: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it? it.
  • Awarded? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I believe Spamelot was *nominated*. Oh well, another misleading Slashdot headline.
    • Re:Awarded? (Score:3, Insightful)

      Well, no, not really. Nominations are still significant, and while not as nice as the golden object in hand, still make for a bit of an awarding of recognition. So not really that misleading, especially considering the number of nominations.
  • Saw it... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    The star of the play was IMHO Lancelot. Hank Azira steals the show playing the roles of Lancelot, the Knights who Say Ni, and the absurd french. Hillarious
    • The star of the play was IMHO Lancelot. Hank Azira steals the show playing the roles of Lancelot, the Knights who Say Ni, and the absurd french. Hillarious

      He's certainly had enough practice at playing various parts on the Simpsons.

      What next, in 10 years a musical of H2G2? There's already a song. [hhgproject.org]

    • I thought Tim Curry was great in it too. The Lady of the Lake (Sara Ramirez) was fantastic too. David Hyde Pierce, while fittingly cast in the role of Brave Sir Robin, wasn't as big a part of the show.
    • Re:Saw it... (Score:2, Interesting)

      by bazio ( 864132 )
      Saw the play in Chicago, before it started it's broadway run, and I have to agree about Hank Azaria. In the scene where the Knights Who Say Ni are no longer the Knights Who Say Ni, he was fantastic. Even threw in a bit of Moe when he described what they now said.

      We were lucky, since it was the last performance before heading to New York. Eric Idle actually showed up and did a few lines as the narrator, before being run off stage by the actor who was actually narrating. Not sure if that was in the res
  • by killproc ( 518431 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:49AM (#12489082)

    Strange critics, lying about in flats, distributing nominations, is no basis for a system of awardship.

    If I were to claim an Oscar because some moistened bent lobbed a nomination at me, they'd put me away.

  • Follow-ups (Score:1, Funny)

    by stabChmo ( 861088 )
    when the end of the world will be announced on Slashdot, I'll be checking for follow-ups.
  • Any word on that?
  • 150 virgins: "And now the oral sex!"

    Galahad: "Well I guess I could stay for bit."

  • I have the dubious honor of first using the word "spam" on the interent to describe unwanted electronic communication. I certainly didn't intend anything at the time, indeed, my mention went largely unnoticed, the MUDers really deserve the credit, but I was first...

    See http://groups-beta.google.com/group/news.admin.net -abuse.email/msg/b7ce97a77276e16f?q=ken+weaverling +spam+usenet+first&hl=en&rnum=1 [google.com]

  • Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam. Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam! [mailmsg.com]
  • by galo_2099 ( 555243 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:55AM (#12489154) Homepage
    Not only it's called Spam_A_Lot, the headline in BBC is "Python show tops stage shortlist". I started to wonder why the spammers use Python instead of Perl.
  • by nickos ( 91443 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:55AM (#12489164)
    I hope it includes the classic Every Sperm Is Sacred from The Meaning Of Life...

    There are Jews in the world. There are Buddhists. There are Hindus and Mormons, and then There are those that follow Mohammed, but I've never been one of them.

    I'm a Roman Catholic, And have been since before I was born, And the one thing they say about Catholics is: They'll take you as soon as you're warm.

    You don't have to be a six-footer. You don't have to have a great brain. You don't have to have any clothes on. You're A Catholic the moment Dad came,

    Because... Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.

    Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.

    Let the heathen spill theirs On the dusty ground. God shall make them pay for Each sperm that can't be found.

    Every sperm is wanted. Every sperm is good. Every sperm is needed In your neighbourhood.

    Hindu, Taoist, Mormon, Spill theirs just anywhere, But God loves those who treat their Semen with more care.

    Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God get quite irate.

    Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is good. Every sperm is needed. In your neighbourhood!

    Every sperm is useful. Every sperm is fine. God needs everybody's. Mine! And mine! And mine!

    Let the Pagan spill theirs O'er mountain, hill, and plain. God shall strike them down for Each sperm that's spilt in vain.

    Every sperm is sacred, Every sperm is good, Every sperm is needed, In your neighbourhood.

    Every sperm is sacred, Every sperm is great, If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite iraaaaaate!
  • by RegalBegal ( 742288 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `lageblager'> on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @11:58AM (#12489195) Homepage
    Thanks to an incredible gift. It was hilarious, it blended the old with much new material. I didn't stop laughing the entire time and they also incorporated parts from other Python movies that any Python fan will recognize. While the tickets ARE pricey I recommend anyone to check the show out with the cast as it is now (Azaria, Hyde-Pierce, Curry, etc). Well worth the money, hilarious and I'm glad it got a boat load of nominations. So yeah, Go, NOW, it's worth it and NY is always a decent weekend trip.
    • Now if it has Tim Curry in it, and they do the lumberjack skit, would it be acceptable for him to be wearing a black teddy and fishnets?
    • I'm not a theater guy at all - I'd seen one or two shows at the requests of girlfriends before, but I never really searched out plays before. When I heard about Spamalot, I looked into it and found out how funny and lighthearted the play was supposed to be, and that the cast was incredible.

      So I went ahead and booked tickets for opening weekend on Broadway (note to non-theater people: they usually have a couple of weeks before the official 'opening night' where they tweak the show a little). Anywho, I ju

    • New material? No way...

      I saw the show this past weekend. It is line-for-line a stage version of Holy Grail. It has the Knights who say Ni, the Black Night, Bring Out Yer Dead, Brave Brave Sir Robin, Tim the Enchanter, the Rabbit guarding the cave, outrageous accent Frenchman, and at least 10 other sketches right from the movie. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the show immensely, but don't go expecting loads of original content. Off the top of my head, I count 2 new songs and only 1 new scene that were n
  • I read that title and tought it said "Broadband awards spam", and I was about to go on a rant. Slashdot pre-caffeine...not a good combination.
  • by MagicDude ( 727944 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @12:08PM (#12489295)
    Best Musical

    Egg and Best Song

    Egg, sausage and Best Actor

    Egg, spam, and Best Actress

    Egg, Costumes, and spam

    Egg, bacon, Lighting, and spam

    Spam, score, sausage and spam

    Spam, egg, spam, Direction, bacon and spam

    Spam, Script, spam, spam, bacon, spam, tomato, and spam

    Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with Best Choreography on top and spam
  • I know at this point its hard to get tickets but if you can beg borrow or steal some I highly recommend it. Its just a really fun and entertaining show. I was a bit worried that it would just be a copy of the movie that only nerds who loved the movie would like, but man did they do a great job of adding new material to it. I think the movie seems boring now compared to it, but in a good way.
  • Even if you aren't a Python fan this is worth seeing. If you found Holy Grail even mildy amusing you'll be rolling on the floor at Spamalot. While the humor is classic Python, it reaches a more broader audience.

    If you are thinking about seeing it, don't listen to the cast recording first. It'll ruin some of the jokes that are much funnier in person.
  • Honestly, I can't understand all the excitement about this play. I saw it a few weeks ago, and was quite disappointed: There was little original stuff: the jokes were almost all recycled from "Holy Grail". For someone knowing and liking Monty Python, it was amusing, but I would have expected a little more from an expensive Broadway show.

    I wrote a longer review last week - check it out: http://jastram.de/story.php?id=187 [jastram.de]
    • You haven't seen many Broadway shows, have you? There were a lot of jabs in there that some of my friends had to point out to me regarding Broadway.

      I guess there's no satisfying everyone.
  • by ShadyG ( 197269 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `cisumyargb'> on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @12:46PM (#12489674) Homepage
    I have had zero respect for the Tonys since they rightfully gave "Into the Woods" awards for best music and best book, then did a 180 and awarded "Phantom of the Opera" best musical. If special effects outweigh music and story in these people's eyes, I cannot possibly trust their judgement.

    For another example, just last year they awarded best musical to "Avenue Q" over "Wicked". Now the difference is not nearly as dramatic as my first example, but the score to Wicked is just so much stronger, and the lyrics more complex than those of the musical to which it lost. The only thing I can think of would be that "Avenue Q" is creative and novel, whereas "Wicked" is based on -- well, a novel. And as a story it pales in comparison, losing much of the character development and allegory (I know, ask Tolkien what he thinks of allegory). But if you have never read the book, there should be no question that "Wicked" is a superior musical to "Avenue Q".
    • Er, no. Having seen both original Broadway casts, Avenue Q is refreshing and different; Wicked is a bit of throwback to the British megamusicals inflicted in the 80s.

      Wicked also lacks coherent choreography (I think Idina Mentzel really can move and sing at the same time, though you can't tell from Wicked), character development, and, most important of all, full puppet nudity.
    • Translation:

      "I don't care how many people decide on these awards, how they do it or who they are; I disagree with their decisions. As I'm obviously smarter and more cultured than anyone, they deserve no respect".

      I honestly don't mean to be snarky, but then comes a post like this...
  • Well, as serious as a question can be in a MPFS thread.

    Why is it that Monty Pythons Flying Circus and all its various incarnations are still going strong and still considered funny and relevant? I mean, it's been 30 years... most of the humor from that era seems terribly tired and dated. Somehow, Python endures. My 13-year-old son dropped a line from Hole Grail into a conversation a couple of weeks ago, and I swear he's never seen the movie.
    • I think it's because they didn't focus entirely on satire of current culture. There's plenty of that in there, of course, and if you know what was going on at the time it's even funnier. But the comedic timing, facial expressions, and just plain oddity is enough to carry the humor on its own. I think they're comparable to the Marx Brothers in this regard.

      Another reason is that, despite the cultural differences between the 1970s and today, there are still a lot of similarities. It's a Tree [ibras.dk] is similar eno

  • The original post involving this didn't belong on /. and neither does this.
  • I saw the show pre-Broadway in Chicago in January, and when I bought the cast recording last week I noticed that one of my favorite songs (the one where Sara Ramirez sings as the cow launched by the French) was cut from the show when it moved to New York! I was really disappointed.

    Does anyone know if I can get a recording of this song anywhere?

  • The /. headlines says "Broadway Awards Spam", TFA says they were nominated for awards.

    Nobody has been awarded anything yet.

  • When are they coming to the Baltimore/DC area?
  • by Coppit ( 2441 )
    Anyone got a cam copy?
  • I had the good fortune to see Spamalot two weeks ago, and it's brilliant. Doesn't exactly hew to the movie, which is fine; most of the best-known skits are intact (often with minor changes in timing or dialogue), although there have been several major changes in terms of plot structure (in other words, the musical actually has a plot structure). Of the three "big-name" leads, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, and David Hyde-Pierce, Curry comes off the best (he's Arthur all the way through), Hank Azaria is great in
  • by innate ( 472375 ) on Tuesday May 10, 2005 @04:08PM (#12491956)
    Of course, this has nothing to do with SPAM

    So it has nothing to do with canned ham (SPAM), but does it have anything to do with junk e-mail (spam)?
    • While I was initially annoyed by the misuse of Hormel's trademark there too, it actually kind of does have something to do with both SPAM(tm) and spam, since Monty Python's skit mentioning the luncheon meat (over and over and over) is the inspiration for the junk email nickname.
  • The Knights of the Round Table have shows that are formit-able!

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