Fans of the popular British comedy group Monty Python can get a dose of laughter through the musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Bell Auditorium.
Based on the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. From flying cows and killer rabbits to taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers, audiences are in for a night of laughs.
Monty Python’s Spamalot features familiar characters from the 1975 film, including Patsy, the king’s loyal servant and sidekick. Actor Glenn Giron returns to the role after taking a year away from the award-winning production. The show won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical.
In both the movie and musical versions, King Arthur can’t afford a horse, so he pretends to have one and hires Patsy to bang coconuts to make the sound of horse’s hooves.
“They always stop just short of a castle so they think he arrived on a horse,” Giron said during a telephone interview from New York City. “It’s a really great comedy, very well written. There’s a lot of comedy that appeals to everyone. It’s just a really funny show, and it still has a good meaning and message behind it.”
Giron said the musical comedy parodies the legend of King Arthur, but it also spoofs some Broadway shows.
“It kind of pokes fun at some of the classics that everyone knows and probably grew up seeing in movies when they were first making movie musicals. Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story are a couple that are parodied in the show,” Giron said.
A native of Santa Fe, N.M., Giron received training in classical ballet and tap from teachers across the country. His favorite credits include CATS (Mungojerrie), Swing! (featured dancer), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, The Who’s Tommy and My Fair Lady.
Giron said he wanted to return to Monty Python’s Spamalot because he missed playing the role of Patsy and also missed being on the road. Augusta is one of the first stops for the production, which will be performed across the United States, he said.
“For the most part, we’re doing a show every night,” Giron said. “This show appeals to a really wide audience. Some of the best audiences I remember ever having were some that you would never expect. Guys who never saw a musical or never even knew what a musical was, they would come to us and say, ‘This is the most fun I’ve ever had.’ It just appeals to such a wide audience. You’d be surprised who would like it.”
Monty Python’s Spamalot is the third show in the 2012-13 Taylor BMW Broadway in Augusta series, which showcases a variety of award-winning, touring Broadway classics.
Tickets are $40, $45 and $50 from the James Brown Arena box office, online at georgialinatix.com or at (877) 4AUGTIX.
Four more shows will complete the season:
• Lord of the Dance on Feb. 19
• Fiddler on the Roof on March 3
• Elvis Lives on March 27; and
• Dreamgirls on May 28.
To order a subscription to the 2012-13 Taylor BMW Broadway in Augusta series, call the ticket office at (888) 706-BWAY (2929) or visit BroadwayInAugustaGA.com.