Went downtown last night to see Spamalot with a group of friends. For those that don’t know, Spamalot is the musical Eric Idle adapted (or, as he says, lovingly ripped off) from The Holy Grail. It stars David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, and Hank Azaria in various lead roles, but for me the highlight of the show has to be Sara Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake.
The musical is really a hybrid — with major plot elements from the Holy Grail, it blends in countless inside references that any Python fan will love (too many to catch on the first viewing, I already want to see it again to catch more), tons of jokes at Hollywood’s and Broadway’s expense (with Andrew Lloyd Weber and Mel Brooks the most obvious targets). Don’t miss the Liza Minnelli, Barbara Streisand, and Madeline Kahn jokes, either — they’re all priceless.
The show is riotously funny, almost certain to have a long run on Broadway (it premieres on Valentine’s Day). I highly recommend it.