One of the best satirical comedies to grace the stage.
– review of the show at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse (West Palm Beach).No historical tale has ever been told in such a creative and hilarious way. The genius of Monty Python were best shown with their timeless hit Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This is the central cog of Monty Python’s Spamalot which is now playing at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse until June 4th. The tale follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table with all the characters you know and love. It all comes together in Spamalot, a Tony Award winning show like no other.
SPAMALOT is being directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Kimberly Dawn Smith, with Silver Palm Award-winner Paul Reekie serving as musical director. MNM Productions took the task of bringing Spamalot to life and they didn’t disappoint. The lights went down, stage was set, the castle in view and the orchestra began to play. The musical scores not only formed as filler but like a character in itself, brought the laughs as well.
The main character was King Arthur of course, played by Johnbarry Green always with his trusty coconut yielding horse Patsy, played by Andrew Shultz. The motion screen came to life and morphed itself on stage as they flawlessly brought their iconic roles to life. All the lines we know and love was showcased to perfection. “I fart in your general direction”, “Your mother was a hamster”, “Its just a flesh wound” and “I’m not dead yet,” which became a song by Michael Scott Ross from a pile of bodies in the classic Bring out your dead scene.
The laughs never stopped for a second and every actors role was so different from the next that the laughs never grow old but rather kept coming and coming. Some of these hysterical roles were the lead Taunter played by the over exaggerated French accented Joshua McKinney. McKinney also played Sir Lancelot and sang and came-out with Michael Ross in His Name is Lancelot.
Another great duo performance was from Galahad or Dennis that is and the extremely talented Lady of the Lake performed by Mike Westrich and Laura Hodos. Her extenuated singing range was always on display like The Song That Goes Like This and was second to none, but her beauty was only second to Galahad. They were like a coming together of Jack Black meets Liza Minnelli and Camelot meets Las Vegas joined together by the full ensemble on Find Your Grail.
Everything I wanted and expected from Monty Python’s Spamalot was found in this show and then some. It had the hilarious Swallow banter, the Knights Who Say Ni, the limb losing Black Knight and even the killer rabbit. The casting was phenomenal and there was zero down time or forgettable moments. In fact, Spamalot produced one of the best and was an absolute crowd favorite. I’m talking about the Brave Sir Robin played by Sahid Pabon leading the team in the song You Won’t Succeed In Broadway. It was a smorgasbord of Jewish culture with remarkable props and choreography. The crowd exploded with some well deserved applause.
Monte Python’s Spamalot was rather enjoyable and some good old family fun. You can still catch it until June 4th at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.