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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Re-Review of SPAMALOT by geordiegirl on 5 July 2008 10:16am
Some theatre critics ought not to be allowed. 'The Guardian' yesterday had this gem of a re-ewview (probably because Sanjeev Bhaskar, Uk comedy god, is now playing King Arthur) Extract:

:This threadbare musical is essentially a collection of Python sketches. often adrift from their content, and string together round the gnawed skeleton of a quest for the Holy Grail. It seems aeons out of date." (Excuse me?)

Now, I think it should be expected that critics read their programmes (the origin of the showis fully explained) but in this case Brian Logan the critic, didn't have to go further than the sub-title -"A new musical lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Eric probably won't see this, but if he did, I hope he'd fart in its general direction.
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by kazzzz on 5 July 2008 10:37am
Of COURSE it's all about Python sketches and Holy Grail references...what did they expect it to be? LOL!
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by mrsthing on 5 July 2008 3:28pm
Mr. Logan is damned by his own embarrassingly apparent ignorance.

But I'm not biased or anything.

Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by geordiegirl on 5 July 2008 4:38pm
No, you're not biassed, either of you - we are entitled to have critics do their job adequately!
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by mrsthing on 6 July 2008 7:55pm
Eric was very smart to open it in NYC first. After four years of grieving over 9/11, New Yorkers were ready for a good laugh, and Eric gave them one. It was the first comedy to come to Broadway in a long, long time. Yes, it was lightweight, but America was sooooo ready for something we could just sit back and laugh at without having to take away any moral or deep lesson from it. I'm sure that's partly why it was so successful over here. That, and the fact there is quite a crowd of us middle-aged Python fans still kicking around--though I wasn't willing to shell out $750 for a pair of opening night seats, John Cleese being there or not.
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by canaveralgumby on 6 July 2008 7:56pm
There has never been set up a statue in honour of a critic. ~ Jean Sibilius
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by geordiegirl on 6 July 2008 8:53pm
Nice one, Cori. Samuel Becket put something into 'Waiting for Godot' on those lines, i seem to recall.

Judi - SPAMALOT has greatly increased the gaiety of nations, if I can put it like that. Husband & I were saying today it's now in so many countries & cities, it's just great. Yes, Eric & team certainly put the Comedy back into 'musical comedy. Long may it run everywhere!
Re: Re-Review of SPAMALOT by mrsthing on 7 July 2008 7:36pm
I'll bet Cleesey is kicking himself for waiving his right to royalties on Spamalot, now that his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners. Of course, she'd be grabbing her share of that, too, so maybe it's a moot point.

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