Arts preview: Spamalot recreates best of Monty Python classic

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From the August 29, 2013 edition

On an episode of the late, loved TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” Sam Weir announcehis plans to skip the homecoming dance to hit the drive-in and watch “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” twice in a row with his pals.

It’s this type of devotion that has helped transform “Spamalot,” a 2005 Broadway musical “lovingly ripped off from” the celebrated 1975 film, into a long-running theater sensation that takes over Shadowbox Live for an 11-week stand beginning Sunday, Sept. 1.

A bulk of the production’s characters and musical numbers are culled direct from the movie—with the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from 1979’s “Life of Brian” thrown in for good measure — and it includes appearances from famed creations like the taunting Frenchman, killer rabbits and, of course, the Knights Who Say “Ni.” The irreverent musical is ideally suited to Shadowbox, which has strong roots in sketch and improvised comedy, and patrons should have a blast even if they’re forced to sit next tounfortunate Monty Python spin-off character That Guy Who Insists on Quoting Every Line.