by Robert Bell
'MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT'
8 p.m. Weekend Theater. $16-$20.
Based on the 1975 comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the smash hit "Monty Python's Spamalot" is without question among the most successful Broadway shows of the last decade.
The musical comedy was "lovingly ripped off" from the cult favorite film by Eric Idle. Sure, there was some grumbling from certain quarters of the Python camp (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones didn't sound too high on it when it debuted, with the former describing it as "Python-lite" and the latter, somewhat less charitably, as "utterly pointless").
But audiences voted with their wallets, to the tune of a first-run gross of more than $175 million. The show has toured nationally three times, pointing to the durability of not only the Python brand, but of the musical itself, which won three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy.
The Weekend Theater's production runs through July 28. (Note: the opening night performance is at 8 p.m., but subsequent Friday and Saturday shows will start at 7:30 p.m. All Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.)