Singing knights, flying cows and a killer rabbit are just a few things you can expect from Spamalot, the Tony Award winning musical that has landed in DC at the Warner Theatre. Silliness abounds in this show, which is based on the 1975 movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
Spamalot offers a lopsided look at King Arthur and his knights of the round table. The audience follows them on their zany quest for the Holy Grail. Along the way, there are big musical numbers, nonsensical dialogue and an oversized can of Spam – and the whole thing is just a lot of fun.
The uninitiated will enjoy the jokes just as much as seasoned Monty Python fans. It is obvious that part of the fun for fans is the anticipation of what will be coming up next and seeing favorite moments brought to life. Much of the show's success is due to Mike Nichols' excellent direction. The audience does not see a poor imitation of a popular bit, but instead, a satisfying recreation.
The amusing score was composed by John Du Prez and Python alum Eric Idle. Mr. Idle also brought his unique sensibility to the book – making it distinctly Monty Python.
This tour brings us an incredibly strong cast led by Arthur Rowan as King Arthur. Mr. Rowan and Michael J. Berry as Patsy have great chemistry and both deliver very enjoyable performances. The entire cast, from featured actor to ensemble member, keep the mood light and handle the comedy well. However, Brittany Woodrow as the Lady of the Lake is a real standout. She is beautiful, funny and has a killer voice.
Casey Nicholaw, who is now known for his Tony winning direction for The Book Of Mormon, provides energetic choreography that at times is reminiscent of classic musical theater. Tim Hartley's original scenic design with modifications by James Kronzer provide a vibrant backdrop and it captures the well-known Monty Python style. The lighting design by Mike Baldassari completes the picture.
Spamalot is a laugh out loud good time. Unfortunately for DC audiences, it has a short run. Those who want to catch this crazy cast of characters only have till March 18th.
Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Theater and ticket information can be found at www.warnertheatredc.com
Photo Credit: Scott Suchman