Monty Python's Spamalot

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 28 2012

It’s “the funniest show on earth” to some people, and indeed when the stage adaptation of the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (co-authored by Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman) first played Nashville a few years back, folks both flocked and howled. The show won a Tony Award in 2005 for Best Musical, and its Broadway opening night cast included Hank Azaria, Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce, followed by 1,574 more performances. For the untutored, it’s the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embarking on their quest for the Holy Grail — but not exactly. The songs are deliciously daft, including “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway” and “The Song That Goes Like This.” This brief touring company run is probably targeted to the inveterate Spamalot freak who will rally to the cause, but it’s certainly worth a go for anyone who loves Pythonesque silliness and hasn’t yet seen it.

Martin Brady

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