Onstage: Monty Python's Spamalot

Broadway Across America is offering Cincinnati audiences a one-week run of Spamalot, a show that’s lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It won three Tony Awards

Want a special night out on New Year’s week? How about a Tony Award-winning musical? Broadway Across America is offering Cincinnati audiences a one-week run of Spamalot, a show that’s lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It won three Tony Awards in 2005, and its cast recording won a 2006 Grammy Award for best musical show album. The show presents the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knight’s of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, but it’s told through the zany filter of the Pythons, so we get dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. No expense is spared for this wildly funny show: Among the props is a cow weighing in at 45 pounds that takes two stagehands to catapult over the castle. In fact, the production uses 50 local stagehands to load the show in and out of the theater, and 25 of them are involved in running the show’s many complex effects. Laughter is the ultimate effect, from the overture to the final curtain. Through Jan. 4. $27-$80.

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