Monty Python’s “Spamalot”

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Contributing Diva: Angela Rocco DeCarlo

by Angela Rocco DeCarlo

3D Theatricals
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 27 Weekend

 

 

Monty Python’s Flying Circus BBC TV show ran from 1969-1974 racking up 45 episodes which morphed into film and Broadway renditions.

 

Either you “get” Monty Python or you don’t.  No convincing way to explain the great enjoyment of such nuttiness. There is an opportunity to revisit the genius of Eric Idle, book & Lyric, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts next weekend with the wonderful 3D Theatricals presentation.

 

As a fan of the original TV show I’ve kept up with the films as well as the stage shows. Like watching “Star Trek” viewers must engage in a certain amount of suspended belief.

 

Spamalot is set in the first millennium. But it’s mocking comedy is drawn from modern cultural references. The French are lampooned, Jews are picked on for theatrical support and of course, the Brits are endlessly held up as a dim, though sincere, bunch.

 

The current show gives a flicker homage to various shows – “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” I last saw the show ten years ago in Las Vegas with John O’Hurley (Seinfeld’s Mr. Peterman) commanding the King Arthur part. He should be seen more.

 

The Cerritos production is excellent. Yet, seems a bit different from the show of a decade ago.

 

The actors are uniformly fine, there’s an outstanding orchestra with a great trumpeter and lush costuming.

 

The ensemble of singers and dancers play seamlessly well. With marvelous talents, including the tap dancers, “Laker Girls”, and deft comedic actors.

 

King Arthur’s, strong voice, played by Martin Kildare, sets up the quest for the Holy Grail, and the show rolls from that…though the Las Vegas segment was a tad out of sync for me…I’ve nothing against Las Vegas. I must have had a moment of distraction, as I couldn’t figure out how they got there.

 

The Metropolitan Opera’s Las Vegas production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” was perfect with the duke/Frank Sinatra character illuminating the corruption of the story. It worked brilliantly.

 

The audience relished the two-hour “Spamalot” show. The jokes come quick and you need to pay attention or you might miss something hilarious.

 

It wouldn’t hurt to google King Arthur, the Holy Grail and why Shakespeare ended his comedies with weddings, as mentioned in Spamalot.

 

Go and laugh your dead off.

 

Upcoming shows include “Young Frankenstein”, and “Mamma Mia.”

3D Theatricals
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Info- 714-589-2770  – 3dt-show.org
cerritoscenter.com
Spamalot Through Aug. 27;
7:30 pm Thursday; 8 pm Friday,
2 and 8 p.m Saturday
2 pm Sunday
Tickets: $25 -$105
Length:2 hours, 15 minutes, including intermission

Angela Rocco DeCarlo, formerly covered entertainment, travel and culture for the Chicago Tribune, Las Vegas Review Journal and Disney Magazine.

 

 

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