Thursday, January 22, 2009

The bright side of life

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Monty Python's Spamalot at the Auditorium Theater.  

It feels a little funny to call it an opening night when the show ran a tryout in Chicago four years ago this month en route to Broadway; and having just wrapped up its long, Tony-winning ride on the Great White Way, now returns to kick off its national tour; but the performance did open the current Windy City run, and since Broadway In Chicago was nice enough to pass along tickets, if they call it an opening night, I will too.

With that business out of the way, here's what actually matters:  Spamalot is funny and entertaining, full of the brainy, daft antics you'd expect from a Monty Python musical. Richard Chamberlain lends a certain gravitas as King Arthur, grounding the show and providing ballast for the cockamamie flights of fancy around him.  It's well worth your consideration, in both senses, if you're looking for a fun night out.

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