Nutty knights take the stage in ‘Spamalot’

And now for something completely different — “Spamalot” puts an entertaining twist on the classic King Arthut legend. The audience won’t beleive the adventures these knights have while on a quest for the Holy Grail. Courtesy photo

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” makes its capital region debut in the intimacy of Stage One at Three Stages.

The performances on Nov. 17-19 mark the first visit to the Sacramento region by the national tour of Spamalot.

Lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical.

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits.

Outside there is plague with a 50 percent chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. They meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni in this hilarious musical ripped off from the beloved motion picture.

The reviews are uniform.

“Sparkling, seamless and utterly goofy. ‘Spamalot’ functions with precision-tooled musical comedy clockwork.  There’s something delicious about indulging in the loopy insanity of it all again and again!”(Chicago Sun-Times)

“One of a kind funny!  A smorgasbord of rib tickling targets!” (Washington Post).

Based on the direction of Mr. Nichols and the riotous choreography of Casey Nicholaw, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of. Idle and John Du Prez. The original cast recording of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

“The play is based on a movie that was filmed in five weeks for around $400,000,” notes Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “How far it’s come!”

Monty Python’s Spamalot  will perform in Three Stages on at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $45 to $65, with premium tickets available for $79

Purchase tickets online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before showtime. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom facing East Bidwell Street.

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