Details of Spamalot and the Ticket Luck value
‘We eat jam and ham and, spam a lot’. The line that inspired the name of one of the most critically acclaimed and successful Broadway shows in history. This musical has been the darling of theater loving fans all over the world. It is inspired (or lovingly ripped off from) by a 1974 movie called Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is a comedic take on the Arthurian Legend and his quest to find the Holy Grail. Written and produced by one of the original members of the Monty Python’s flying circus troupe Eric Idle. The show takes the audience on a hilarious journey with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
In 2004, Eric Idle with the collaboration of John Du Prez wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Spamalot. With the direction of Mike Nichols and choreography by Casey Nichalow, the production saw curtain in 2005 and since then it has been enjoyed by millions around the world. The story follows King Arthur and his long suffering servant Patsy on their quest to gather the Knights of the Round Table, take his rightful place as the ruler of England, and find the Holy Grail. Featuring hilarious characters and situations, the show takes the audience into a world of its own where nothing makes sense, but is funny nevertheless.
The plot of the musical is divided into two acts with an interval. The first act shows King Arthur trying to recruit his Knights of the Round Table. His attempts fall flat as one after the other he encounters misfits. Hilarity continues as he and his knights try to recruit Galahad who with his mother lecture them about the benefits of democracy and refuse the notion that any one man was chosen to rule England without being elected by the people. The first act ends with the Knights at the Roundtable which turns out to be a Las Vegas Casino with show girls and gambling.
The theme of the musical in the second act takes a turn as God Himself, asks King Arthur to find the Holy Grail. On his Journey he meets interesting characters, who for one reason or the other dismiss his claims of being the rightful ruler of England. Throughout the second act, King Arthur remains determined to find the Holy Grail but has to face disappointment. The actors perform brilliantly to keep the audience engaged and make sure that everyone has a good time. The act does not shy away from getting the audience involved which makes it even more interesting to watch.
The musical throughout its history has featured some amazing talent. It started with veteran Tim Curry (of the Rocky Horror Picture Show fame) as King Arthur, Hank Azaria (of the Simpsons fame) and a breakthrough performance by Sara Ramirez as Lady of the Lake. Ramirez’s performance earned her a Tony with Mike Nichols winning for direction. The musical also won Best Musical award in 2005.It is one of those rare instances where fans and critics have both praised the musical.
Spamalot was nominated for 14 tony awards and won three in 2005. This resulted in a slight change in one of its songs ‘The Divas Lament’ where the lyrics were "I've no Grammy, no reward/I've no Tony Award", which was changed to ‘My Tony Award/won't keep me out of Betty Ford’s’. This line in the song keeps on changing depending on the performer and the venue. The show has also won the Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Visiting Production.
Spamalot, since its opening on January 9, 2005, has grossed more than 175 million dollars and has been enjoyed by 2 million people in 13 countries, including Hungary and Spain. It made advance ticket sale history for Broadway when Variety reported that 18 million dollars worth of tickets had already been sold. With sold out performances, it was impossible to get a hold of Spamalot tickets no matter how connected someone was.
Spamalot tickets are for people who have admired and enjoyed the comedic genius of the original Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Although the musical does not have any of the original members in it, however, you get the sense of them in the performance. To sum up the musical John Cleese commented, ‘And in the end I think Spamalot turned out splendidly. I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen and I think Eric did a great job’.