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Monty Python's Spamalot (2005 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Decca Broadway proudly presents the Original Cast Recording of Monty Python's 'Spamalot', based on the hit movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of the best-loved and most-quoted-from comedy films of all time. Currently playing to sold-out houses at Broadway's Shubert Theatre, 'Spamalot' captures the distinct brand of Python humor that appeals to audiences of all ages. 2005.

As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as the beloved British comedy troupe and their 1975 cinematic savaging of the Arthurian legend that inspired it, this adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by MP's Eric Idle and longtime musical co-conspirator John Du Prez has much more on its feverish agenda than merely trashing King Arthur and firmly upending his Round Table. The film's plot remains largely intact, but its core songs ("Knights of the Round Table," "Brave Sir Robin") and comic thrust have been both expanded and satirically redirected, a musical comedy shotgun that takes dizzy aim at pop culture in general, and Broadway in particular. After typically Pythonesque distractions that somehow find us in "Finland..," stars David Hyde-Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria and company get busy conjuring the Lady of the Lake with the unlikely help of "Laker Girls..," while cast members Sara Ramirez and Christopher Sieber deliciously skewer contemporary Broadway cliches via the loopy showstopper "The Song That Goes Like This," a tune whose reprise also deliciously sends up every overwrought stage diva from Merman to Minelli. Idle has shrewdly ripped off--well, interpolated--Life of Brian's "Always Look On the Bright Side" for the new show, and even a snatch of "The Lumberjack Song" in "He Is Not Dead Yet." "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" reveals the frankly Semitic secret to stage success, and the French get can-canned on "Run Away!" Meanwhile, our bravest knight is de-closeted on the Manilow-mauling "His Name is Lancelot" before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season's goofiest if satirically dead-on comic delight. --Jerry McCulley

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  • Performer: Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Sara Ramirez, Christopher Sieber, et al.
  • Composer: Eric Idle, John Du Prez
  • Audio CD (May 3, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • ASIN: B0007OY2TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. G ORELL on July 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD

When I first bought this CD, I thought that the jokes were "amused smile" funny, not "ha-ha" funny. Then I saw the show on 4th of July weekend and it's a miracle that I left with my pants still dry. That's how funny the show itself is.

And now a critical analysis of this 'ere CD.

The songs:

1. Tuning: Not in the show but still funny. Is that Eric Idle talking?

2. Overture: Very nice.

3. Historian's Introduction: Very funny, very Pythonesque in its offhand remarks (To the North, the Anglo-Saxons, to the South, the French, to the East, nothing but Celts and some people from Scotland.)

4. Finland: In reality, a song written many years ago by the Pythons. The closest the show's gonna get to the Swedish subtitles gag. Missing from this track is the "fish slap" section. Oh, well, gotta get to the singing, right?

5. I Am Not Yet Dead: A lovely musicalization of the classic scene from the movie starting off with the Latin chant and the banging of the heads.

6. Come With Me: A perfect introduction to the show's leading lady, Sara Ramirez, who has what I consider the biggest kick-ass voice on Broadway. I haven't heard a belter like that before in my life. More on her later.

7. The Laker Girls Cheer: Eh. It's pretty good.

8. The Song That Goes Like This: An excellent, hilarious send up of the cheesy pop love duets that exist in musicals today, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber. In the show, this is a spoof of "Phantom" complete with the laker girls as the candelabra statues, a boat, and a chandelier that breaks at the end.

9. He Is Not Dead Yet (Playoff): Actually occurs at the end of "I Am Not Dead Yet".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Andrew Lawrence on June 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it is all terribly silly just as any Python fan would wish. It
also makes for a fun original cast album where you can pretty much
follow the action without reading a synopsis. A god thing too for
Decca has not included one in the booklet! Oh there are plenty of
colour pictures, all the lyrics and endless credits. (Does the home
listener really need to know who the show's press rep is???) But
you'll look in vain for a synopsis.
Nevertheless the disc spins merrily along for 52 minutes zipping
form one lunacy to another, pausing for a couple of extended numbers
("Knights of the Round table"; "Always Look on the Bright Side of
Life" and the "Diva's Lament") but most or the rest are so short the
end before they barely get started!
None of the men offer truly spectacular voices, which is fine since
the style of Monty Python calls character voices, however the biggest
voice belongs to the wonderful Sara Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake.
Your knowledge of traditional musicals will help you understand some
of the jokes but there are plenty of other pop culture references
(even Britney Spears gets mentioned!)
SPAMALOT, like quite a number of shows the past few seasons, refuses
to take itself or anything else seriously. But the music here, unlike
THE PRODUCERS, is purposely derivative and therefore little of it
stays with you after the show ends. The most memorable tune
is "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and that one has been
kicking around since THE LIFE OF BRIAN came out in 1979. Still that
hasn't prevented SPAMALOT from becoming the biggest hit on Broadway
this season, and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Spamalot" is explicitly proud of the fact that it is lovingly "ripped off" from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Directed by Mike Nichols, the show has a book by Python's Eric Idle and a whole bunch of new sons by Idle and John Du Prez. Now that the production has won the Tony Award for Best Musical for 2004-2005, we can only imagine what will happen when "The Life of Brian" or "The Meaning of Life" are transported to the stage and another nail is driving in the coffin of Western civilization. All I know is that the first time I saw "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" I never laughed so hard during opening credits in my life (even with three of us sitting in two seats in the front of a Volkswagen rabbit--appropriate, huh?), and they do not have opening credits in Broadway musicals so I think the film still comes out ahead on that score.

"Spamalot" looks again at the legendary tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, who dance when ere they're able, they do routines and chorus scenes, with footwork impeccable. Throw into the mix French people, a cow, a killer rabbit, and the Holy Grail and wackiness ensues. The cast is headed by Tim Curry as King Arthur, David Hyde-Pierce as Sir Robin, and Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot. Then there is Michael McGrath as Patsy (and a myriad of other roles), Steve Rosen as Sir Bedevere, Sara Rameriez as the Lady of the Lake, and Christopher Seibert as Sir Dennis Galahad, the Black Knight and Prince Herbert's Father (the idea is keep true to the spirit of Monty Python and have a core cast do most of the nonsense and then bring in chorus girls to distract audiences from the inept dancing).
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I own the CD but have not seen the show yet (will see it in Feb), but I feel fairly safe in saying that there is probably a lot left off of the CD... it's more of a "highlights" CD than a full blown recording.
Jan 10, 2008 by Ravenskya |  See all 5 posts
Clay Aiken will join the cast
He'll play sir robin
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