Sunday, June 08, 2008

Spamalot and My Birthday

Yesterday, I saw Spamalot at the OKC Civic Center with a group of friends. Today is my birthday, so it was a nice b-day outing. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about how much I was going to like this adaptation of MONTY PYTHON'S THE HOLY GRAIL. I am a devout lover of this film, and many of my friends and I enjoy recreating dialogue from various scenes, but listening to the soundtrack of the stage version, I wasn't impressed overmuch by several songs.

But in the context of the actual stage show----WOW!! I laughed my ass off. I had tears in my eyes in places. It recreated most of the best scenes from the movie, and added several new twists and turns that brought surprise and delight.

Here are some of my favorite scenes from the movie that were recreated quite faithfully in the stage musical (I know - but it's hard to pick only a couple of favorite scenes from THE HOLY GRAIL):

African v European Swallows and Migrating Coconuts:

Or the French Taunting and catapulting cow:

Sir Launcelot and Swamp Castle:

Tim the Enchanter, the Killer Rabbit, and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch:

Brave Sir Robin and his Minstrels:

The Knights Who Say Ni:

Dennis and the anarcho-syndicalist commune/Strange women lying around in ponds

Bring Out Your Dead:

"We're Knights of the Round Table" ("We eat ham and jam and spam a lot"):

And, amazingly enough, the Black Knight:


Rinda Elliott said...

Happy Birthday! My daughter's was yesterday. Son's last week. Both parents this last month as well.

I'm a Holy Grail nut. My whole family is. We get together to watch every so often and most of us can recite these scenes. :)

Heather Harper said...

Happy Birthday you! :)

Kelli McBride said...

I've always wanted to have a Holy Grail costume party - everyone comes as his/her fav character...

Wouldn't that be hilarious?

Thanks for the b-day wishes. It was a great day.