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Monty Python's SPAMalot Wins 5, no 3 Tony Awards 193

acreman writes "Monty Python's SPAMalot, a musical lovingly ripped off from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, won 3 of the 14 Tony Awards it was nominated for. The 3 awards given out were for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez), Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols), and Best Musical. "
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Monty Python's SPAMalot Wins 5, no 3 Tony Awards

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  • Headline (Score:3, Funny)

    by uglysad ( 867575 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:44AM (#12745612)
  • Only if... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Bananatree3 ( 872975 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:45AM (#12745614)
    they had an award for the best spam messages, I think This [nationmaster.com] would win first place. This stuff is just bad, nasty, and it is down-right scamming!
    • Yes it is downright scamming. But do you really think that someone is going to give away something for nothing?

      This is more social engineering spam rather than nasty spam, the spoof bounce messages are bad spam for the uninitiated.

      Really though if it is too good to be true and they don't even know your real name (unless you use it for your email address, even then you are very silly) and it's from anonymous source why even bother.

      If it is too good to be true it is. NEVER TRUST EMAIL.
    • Interesting link, but I really hate when the pages render with a loooooooooooooooooooooooooong line and you have to scroll all the way to read one paragraph... maybe it is Fx fault... let me see.

      Mmm nope, IE also renders it that way.. I really hate it, is there any extension in Fx to make pages wordwrap ??
      • It is possible to wrap lines with a bookmarklet. I found this wraplines script with Google, but I don't know how to convert it into a bookmarklet:

        <a href="javascript:
        var pres = document.getElementsByTagName('pre');
        if(pres.len gth > 0)
        if(pres.item(0).getAttribute('style') == null)
        pres.item(0).setAttribute('style','white-space:-mo z-pre-wrap');
        void 0;

        It will need some experimentation.

      • The View Selection bookmarklet on this page: http://www.squarefree.com/bookmarklets/pagedata.ht ml [squarefree.com] is another way to fix the problem.

        Select the screwed up text and click the bookmarklet, to open the text in a new, properly wrapped window.

  • If we're going to do Monty Python bits - Can we send cmdrtaco to the "Being hit on the head lessons" room?
  • by ink_13 ( 675938 ) <erlogan@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:46AM (#12745626)
    Why is this "IT" instead of regular news?
  • Whoa (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CodeHog ( 666724 ) <joe.slacker@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:47AM (#12745641) Homepage
    'ripped off'? Didn't most of the living cast support Spamalot? And last time I checked, Eric Idle,Dead Collector/Peasant 1/Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot/Roger the Shrubber, was the driving force behind it...Yeah I guess it was ripped off!
    • Well, if you look at the little title card thingie here, you can see that Eric Idle is indeed proclaiming to all the world that he is shamelessly ripping himself (and the other Pythons) off. So yeah, ripped off. Never thought I'd link to the Tony Awards site but here I am, doing it. [tonyawards.com]
    • by hey! ( 33014 )
      Yeah. Maybe people who think Spamalot is a rip-off could get together with the "George Lucas raped my childhood" crowd and form some kind of support group.
    • Re:Whoa (Score:3, Informative)

      by aBlooMoon ( 765359 )
      Just to clarify, "lovingly ripped off" is a Python-esque slogan, even posted prominently on the side of the theatre. :)
    • 'ripped off'? Didn't most of the living cast support Spamalot? ... blah, blah, blah ...

      [clueBat] Maybe the original post says, "lovingly ripped off..." because that is a bi-line in the Title of the show. [/clueBat]
    • Well deserved taunts. My last sentence was less cynical than it may sound. Considering that Graham Chapman, aka King Arthur, is dead and that Monthy Python is not a creative force anymore (my opinion), I do agree that it is a rip off, however a lovingly one.
      Either that or this is a taunt! You silly English ka nig its.
    • Anyone who's a fan of the original should also check out the soundtrack album, officially called The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail [amazon.com]. Most of the classic sequences from the film are on there, along with some additional bits. Quite a riot. And I'm old enough that I have it in original LP form. (LP = long pants, youngster)

      See your HTTP headers live [ericgiguere.com]

    • The other living Pythons (John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terries Gilliam and Jones) granted Eric the right to make the musical, although as nearly all of the material is new (and Eric-written), they're not getting very much from it.

      Terry Jones is on record as saying that they didn't expect it to be as successful as it's been - otherwise they would have fought for a better deal.
    • 'ripped off'? Didn't most of the living cast support Spamalot?

      All of the living Pythons responded to the concept with enthusiasm. The dead one may have, too.

      The "ripped off" allegation is taken directly from the show's own marketing:
      http://www.montypythonsspamalot.com/low_band/ [montypythonsspamalot.com]

      (a little hard to read, but at least it's not the Flash version of the site)
    • by Eil ( 82413 )

      That sound you just heard was the sound of a joke-laiden sparrow doing mach 6 right over your head.
    • I do not support this musical. It has gotten me no financial gains, and I am as economically depressed as ever.
      -Roger, http://rogertheshrubber.net/ [rogertheshrubber.net]
  • by Gopal.V ( 532678 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:48AM (#12745643) Homepage Journal
    Spamalot ... lancelot .. camelot ..

    Well, I am Talkalot

    And my favourite color is yellow, no blue .... auuughhh.
  • Spamalot? It should be called Camelot!
  • Now if I could only see the musical. Stuck in the Midwest... John
  • About Time (Score:3, Funny)

    by Elitist_Phoenix ( 808424 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:55AM (#12745708)
    Now if only I could find a gang of topless ladies to chase me off a cliff my life would be complete.
  • Ad AI? (Score:3, Informative)

    by sepluv ( 641107 ) <blakesley@gmail.cAUDENom minus poet> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:55AM (#12745713)
    The ad on at the top of the page featured a picture of John Cleese with the following text:
    Suffering from Backup Trauma? Check out this hilarious new video starring John Cleese
    It goes to http://www.backuptrauma.com/ [backuptrauma.com]. LOL.
  • Just a tip... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    If you were planning on catching "Spamalot" this summer, you can pretty much either pay a scalper or forget about it. As I found out last night, it's more-or-less sold slam out through Labor Day.

    Yes, even if you are Arthur, King of the Britons.
    • is this the right room for an argument? Bah, tickets smickets, the last time someone said it would be impossible to get into a broadway show, I was able to wait in line on thursday for about an hour and easily get tickets along with at least two hundred and fifty other people. And this was the Producers! Mind you, this was in 2001. In September. Two days after a little incident down town. Okay. Maybe hoping on another major terrorist incident isn't a good way to go on the ticket front, either realisti
    • It looks like it's sold out through until 2006. Playing with an online ticket broker (me an' the missus have been toying with the idea of a trip out to New Yawk to see it) the earliest show I could find open was Jan 06 2006.

      Prices seem to run $120-$250 depending on seats. What is the going scalped price?

      Niner downloaded (from iTunes, piss off) the soundtrack, and the new material rocks. I just about fell out of my chair at "We'll Never Succeed on Broadway".

      I wonder if the original cast will make it to To
  • IMO... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by dan.mongeau ( 445278 )
    It should have won more Tonys. It was a great show. They picked up on many small things from the movie and a bunch of completely new stuff.

    Only thought they could have done better with the black Knight scene...

  • What it means (Score:5, Informative)

    by ducttapekz ( 879839 ) <kzettelNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @09:00AM (#12745741)
    To all of you who haven't watched the movie recently enough to get the title, see if this rings a bell:

    "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thou foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.


    Right! One... two... five!

    Three, sir!



    PS: Don't sue me.
    • To all of you who haven't watched the movie recently enough to get the title...

      Come on man, this is Slashdot... Slashdot...

      • Re:What it means (Score:3, Interesting)

        by brilinux ( 255400 )
        Yeah, it is rather sad, but we were discussing trees in my graph theory class, and we got into a discussion about different names for them, and I commented that "shrub" is probably more common in the UK than the US, whereas "bush" is more common here, and EVERYONE in the class was thinking Holy Grail at that point, except the professor who thought that it was a political thing. Oh, when nerds get together...

        I did see the musical, though, and it was excellent.
    • Thy foe. Thy, you coffee-nosed, malodorous pervert!
  • ...they should have been given a shubbery.

    Interesting how The Light in the Piazza won more Tonys, but not Best Musical.

  • by Errtu76 ( 776778 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @09:21AM (#12745873) Journal
    a big police car arrives and arrests the entire cast!
    • No, they pull a member of the audience up on stge and take a polaroid of him with the cast. You see the grail was under his seat the entire time. THe Show I went to, it was seat b101, down front.
  • "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of ELDERBERRYS" NI!
  • by aBlooMoon ( 765359 ) <kansieo@NOSPam.gmail.com> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @09:23AM (#12745901) Homepage Journal

    It was the best Broadway show I've been to...

    David Hyde Pierce is the perfect Sir Robin, Hank Azaria is the perfect Lancelot, Sara Ramirez was a wonderful Lady of the Lake, and we all know John Cleese is pretty close to being God anyway. My main problem was Tim Curry as King Arthur. While he was excellent, he did seem a bit...old.

    Overall, a fun night...it will be revisited, if I can get decent tickets again, which probably won't be the case for another year at least.
  • by OakDragon ( 885217 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @09:25AM (#12745911) Journal
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2004580002-2005 260250,00.html [thesun.co.uk]

    I just hope they get this kind of humor over there...
  • by blackbear ( 587044 ) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @09:34AM (#12745977)
    of awards won was three...
  • Ripped off... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Inari ( 19318 )

    Saying it was ripped off isn't fair. Yes they are still milking the Monty Python fame but many Python fans we eager to see a new twist on the old stuff. Spamalot wasn't just a cut an paste job. Things were adapted to live stage, dated content was updated and a good bit of new content was added. Some of my favorite sequences were the new material in fact. They were messing about with sacred materials and did a really good job.
    • So from your comment, one could assume you've seen the show? And one could also assume you're either unable to read or blind, since it's written QUITE CLEARLY on the posters, the playbill, and every piece of PR on the show that it is "lovingly ripped off" from the movie. It's the BLOODY TAGLINE for the show! Not to mention this exact comment has already been addressed at the top of the comments section.

      Stupid English.

  • I was in New York earlier this year, and among other activities, we saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrals and La Cage aux Folles. Both were VERY good, and I'm pleased to see they won awards (Scoundrals won best male actor in a musical and La Cage got best revival musical and best choreography).

    I know a lot of you might be freaked out by a lot of crossdressers, but really, I recommend both of them.

    (I don't, however, recommend Phantom, which is the other musical we saw. Rent the new movie... it's much better, IMHO.
  • hmm (Score:2, Interesting)

    by nomadic ( 141991 )
    What annoyed me were the condescending articles when the news came out about how this play was bringing the 25-35 male demographic in. The tone was always that this demographic was a bunch of culturally defective mouth-breathers, and it was a good thing they were finally getting exposure to high art. Ridiculous of course, Broadway musicals are definitely not high culture; the Broadway community used to recognize this, but now they seem to be getting inflated opinions of themselves.
    • Re:hmm (Score:2, Insightful)

      by uttaddmb ( 856927 )
      I'd say it's somewhere in the middle. They're realizing now that they can bring in a younger demographic with the right shows -- hell, the last two best musicals were Spamalot an Avenue Q -- but there's still a lot of stuffy traditional, like Light in the Piazza. Eventually there won't be enough "traditional" fans to support those plays, and everything will cater to the culturally defective mouth-breathers. :)
  • Tim Curry wasn't there, so understudy John Bolton took the part, and was pretty damn good. Hank Azaria has the standout performance, but everyone was terrific. I can't wait 'til they make it into a movie. ;)

    But mostly, I just wanted to brag that my girlfriend took me to see it.
  • Just wait until George Lucas discovers theatre...

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