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Spamalot! the touring company by canaveralgumby on 26 February 2009 6:41pm
Last night I saw Spamalot! for the second time, Mr. Canaveral for the first. The touring company was in Melbourne, Florida.

The first big kick is, Richard Chamberlain is playing King Arthur. How appropriate -- nice, handsome, well-loved gay actor! He was very committed to the role and brought the right balance of straight-man and campy comedy performance. There was a tiny but well-executed bit of ad-lib about it:

"We are no longer the Knights who say NI! We are now the Knights who say [pregnant pause] ecky-ecky-ecky-paTANG-NEEEEEE-whomp-Paging-Dr.-Kildare-Houston-we-have-a-problem!" (A little tip of the hat to the Space Coast there.)

The show was great. The Lady of the Lake, played by Merle Dandridge from the Broadway cast, kicked ass. Very little about the production/quality was different from that of the Broadway production I saw, that is to say, it ROCKED!!

It is fun to be around people who are not familiar with it, to experience the reactions for the first time. There were also of course the people like Mr. Canaveral and myself who were mouthing along to entire scenes. A few people showed up in their RenFest clothes, wish I'd thought of that!
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by tucsonmike on 26 February 2009 7:48pm
Glad you saw it and they threw some local stuff in there.
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by suzulu on 27 February 2009 2:06pm
Glad you enjoyed it! Great show!

Unfortunately, it has finished here in London. I did intend to go and see it again but didn't.
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by mrsthing on 27 February 2009 3:42pm
The night I saw it in Hartford, CT, there was a huge block of orchestra/floor seats reserved by the B'nai B'rith folks. They laughed harder than anyone else at the Jew jokes.

Not one person dressed as a Gumby in the entire audience, though--it was pretty much a dressy affair.

Glad you and Mr. Canaveral got a chance to see the show in FL, Cori! "Paging Dr. Kildare"--LOL! Probably only a few of us are old enough to remember a young Mr. Chamberlain in that role on TV.
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by canaveralgumby on 27 February 2009 4:19pm
mrsthing, funny you should bring up the Jewish part. For those who don't know, Eric Idle wrote a Noel Coward-esque song about how you can't put on a show without some Jews. At the B'way show I attended, everyone laughed. I'm sure everyone in the audience was not Jewish, but they are more cosmopolitan, and all ethnic groups live together in NYC so everyone knew it was not offensive. But here the other night, I felt that some people around us would not let themselves laugh at the number, and I could hear a few whispered "OMGs." I think the gentiles believed that it would offend and they'd better not laugh too loudly! Political correctness gone awry. As a Jew, I felt it was like an appreciation.

However, when King Arthur said to the character in question, "Well, why didn't you TELL us you're Jewish?" and the character answered, "Well, it's not the kind of thing you bring up to a group of heavily armed Christians!" THAT line got a big laugh and applause.
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by kazzzz on 28 February 2009 3:41am
Ohh yay for seeing it (again) Cori!!
I love how for each country or venue, they throw in relevant topical jokes and lines, makes it extra funny:)
They did that sort of thing in the We Will Rock You shows too :)
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by geordiegirl on 28 February 2009 4:14pm
Great! Glad it was just as good second time round. RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN!! One of my first heart-throbs & I bet he still looks really good. He can act a bit, too.
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by mrsthing on 28 February 2009 4:18pm
At the show I saw, the winning audience member (who "found" the grail) was named Fred Schmucker. That got as big a laugh as any of the lines in the show!
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by canaveralgumby on 28 February 2009 6:11pm
Schmucker! Now that's a character-building name.

Here's Mr. Chamberlain's pic:
Re: Spamalot! the touring company by sighthound on 28 February 2009 7:10pm
I used to have the same acupuncturist as Mr. Chamberlain and saw him in the waiting room several times. He's even better looking in person which is rarely the case with celebs. How's his singing?
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