Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #14

Thirteen of the best parts of

My Music Man and I went to see Spamalot last night, and we loved it. So in honor of this Broadway musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, here's a Thursday Thirteen.

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1. The description of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table:

The strangely flatulent Sir Bedevere
The dashingly-handsome Sir Galahad
The homicidally-brave Sir Launcelot
Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, who slew the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who had personally wet himself at the Battle of Bradon Hill
...and the aptly named Sir Not-appearing-in-this-show

2. The Song That Goes Like This (Arthur & the Lady of the Lake)
"Once in every show/there comes a song like this/
It starts off low and slow/And ends up with a kiss..."

"I'll sing it in your face/while we both embrace/
And then we change the key!/
Now we're into E/That's awfully high for me/
But everyone can see/We should have stayed in D..."

3. "I'm...not quite dead yet."
(the old man who is nearly dead, but not quite dead yet)

4. Sir Galahad and his entrance with the Lady of the Lake after he's been "transformed" into a knight...they appear standing in a small boat, gliding downstage, with a chandelier that suddenly appears overhead....strangely reminiscent of scenes from The Phantom of the Opera...

5. "I fart in your general direction!" (French taunter to Arthur and his men)

6. "We burst our pimples at you!" (French taunter and companions to Arthur and his men)

Arthur: I am your king.
Peasant: Well I didn't vote for you.
Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
Peasant: Well how'd you become king then?
Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Dennis/Galahad: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony....You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

8. The Tale of Sir Robin
(this is the ringtone I have playing when my Music Man calls me, and it cracks me up every time)
"Bravely Bold Sir Robin/rode forth from Camelot/
He was not afraid to die/O brave Sir Robin/
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways/
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!
He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp/
Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken/
To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away/
And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin!
His head smashed in and his heart cut out/
And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged/
And his nostrils raped and his bottom burned off/
And his penis split and his--"

9. When poor Sir Lancelot comes out of the closet to dance with the disco-dancing guys
"You can all find him pumping at the gym/at the Camelot Y.M.C.A"

10. The playbill for the show was itself a a comedy. The first three pages described a Finnish show, complete with long Finnish-looking names with multiple consonants and vowels, and hilarious biographies for each of the actors in the supposed production

11. I could just kick myself--really hard--for not making the trip to see the show on Broadway. Tim Curry was playing King Arthur, David Hyde Pierce (whom you know I adore) was playing the not-so-brave Sir Robin, and Hank Azaria played Lancelot.

12. There were pokes at Andrew Lloyd Webber, Britney Spears, and even a segment where they burst into an extended segment of "Lady" by The Commodores (good grief, remember that one?)

King of Swamp Castle: Guards, make sure the prince doesn't leave this room until I come and get him.
Guard: Not to leave the room... even if you come and get him.
King: No, no. *Until* I come and get him.
Guard: Until you come and get him, we're not to enter the room.
King: No, no, no. You *stay* in the room, and make sure *he* doesn't leave.
Guard: And you'll come and get him.
King: Right.
Guard: We don't need to do anything, apart from just stop him entering the room.
King: No, no. *Leaving* the room.
Guard: Leaving the room, yes.
King: All right?
Guard: Right. Oh, if, if, if, uh, if, if, uh, if, if, if, we... oh, if... oh...
King: Look, it's quite simple. You just stay here, and make sure he doesn't leave the room. All right?
Guard: Oh, I remember, uh, can he leave the room with us?
King: No, no, no, no, you just keep him in here, and make sure...
Guard: Oh yeah, we'll keep him in here, obviously, but if he had to leave, and we were with him...
King: No, just keep him in here...
Guard: Until you, or anyone else...
King: No, not anyone else. Just me.
Guard: Just you.
King: Get back.
Get back.
All right?
Right, we'll stay here until you get back.
King: And make sure he doesn't leave.
Make sure he doesn't leave.
The prince?
Yes, make sure he doesn't leave.
Oh, yes, of course.
[Points at Guard #2]
I thought you meant him. You know, it seemed a bit daft me I were to guard him when he's a guard.
King: Is that clear?
Guard: Oh, quite clear. No problems.
[King of Swamp Castle turns to leave the room, both guards follow him]
Where are you going?
Guard: We're coming with you.
King: No, no, no. I want you to stay here and make sure *he* doesn't leave.
Guard: Oh, I see. Right.
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Blogger Darla soliloquized...

Oh, I'd love to see this. Thanks for sharing the highlights.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Becky soliloquized...

Sounds great! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Caryle soliloquized...

Love, love, love Spamalot. I WILL see it when it heads my general direction. I'm kicking myself for not seeing it on Broadway, too. :)

My TT is up, and quite appropriate, I've listed 13 favorite musical theatre songs. :)

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger butterflykiss21 soliloquized...

I would love to see that show! I tell my hubby sometimes, when he's being mean to me in a goofy manner that I burst my pimple at him.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Zeek soliloquized...

Didn't see the show, but bless me, I loved that movie!

"We dine well here at Camalot, we eat ham, and jam, and spamolot!"

"I have to push the pram alot ..."

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Carl V. soliloquized...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite comic movies of all time. First discovered it in college and it has been a source of amusement and quotable lines for many years. Glad the musical was fun, hope to see it one day.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Gypsy soliloquized...

I haven't seen Spamalot, but Holy Grail is one of my all-time faves!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Angela/SciFiChick soliloquized...

I need to see this! Looks hilarious!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mikala soliloquized...

Wow! You really liked it huh?

They were just in St. Louis last month. I heard some rave reviews.

Happy TT!

I’m up!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Janet soliloquized...

I love #7; I'm bummed out I didn't get to see Tim Curry either...but he IS performing in the Spamalot in London! A friend of mine just went to see it and said it was fantastic :-)

Here's a pic of a pic of him & David Hyde Pierce outside the Shubert in NYC:

and here's a pic that's similar to the one you posted of the 3 knights:

Thursday, December 14, 2006 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Christine soliloquized...

I love Holy Grail and would love to see Spamalot. Thank you for posting this. Happy TT!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck soliloquized...

Oh I dont think I can trick the wife into this one

Thursday, December 14, 2006 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Annie soliloquized...

Sounds like a fantastic show! Definitely must see this sometime!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon soliloquized...

Love the show. Love it!

FYI - Tim Curry is doing it in England right now.

Have a happy Thursday!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 1:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Jaci Burton soliloquized...

oh i so want to see this now.



Thursday, December 14, 2006 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger Tug soliloquized...

Monty Python.....nice!

Happy TT

Thursday, December 14, 2006 3:07:00 PM  
Anonymous PRACTiCAL CHiCK soliloquized...

Is this something I need to break down and watch? Is that what you are telling me? LOL

Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:07:00 PM  
Anonymous PRACTiCAL CHiCK soliloquized...

And no, I haven't read Head Games...but I want to!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:10:00 PM  
Blogger JAM soliloquized...

Holy Grail is a classic, I bet it was wonderful to see this show. Looks like the songs add a lot of stuff to the story too.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger Dane Bramage soliloquized...

I am so jealous. I have got to see Spamalot!

My Thursday Thirteen #23 13 Favorite Christmas songs. is up now

Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Cosmic Kid soliloquized...

I loved the move, and I saw the show Tuesday! I have to admit that your TT sums up what I liked about the show very well. As a whole though, I was dissappointed. I thought the Lady of the Lake was not very good, especially compared to the other people she was performing with! Maybe it was an off night for her, but she was pretty bad.

However, I must say that the finding of the Grail is one of the funniest pieces of musical theatre I've seen in a while! And the killer rabbit? very nice!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger Katkat soliloquized...

I want to see that so bad!

Thursday, December 14, 2006 5:23:00 PM  
Blogger Alyssa Goodnight soliloquized...

I've never even seen Monty Python. I must be missing something big...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 5:59:00 PM  

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