History Theatre / Spamalot

26th Sep '17 10:16:07 PM lakingsif
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A 2005 [[TheMusical musical]] "[[AffectionateParody lovingly ripped off]]" (by Eric Idle and John Du Prez) from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', thus sharing many of the same tropes. Nominated for fourteen Tony Awards, of which it won three, including Best Musical. The original cast included Creator/TimCurry, [[Series/{{Frasier}} David Hyde Pierce]], Creator/HankAzaria, [[Series/GreysAnatomy Sara Ramirez]], and Christopher Sieber.

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A 2005 [[TheMusical musical]] "[[AffectionateParody lovingly ripped off]]" (by Eric Idle and John Du Prez) from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', thus sharing many of the same tropes. Nominated for fourteen Tony Awards, of which it won three, including Best Musical. The original cast included Creator/TimCurry, [[Series/{{Frasier}} David Hyde Pierce]], Creator/HankAzaria, [[Series/GreysAnatomy Sara Ramirez]], Creator/SaraRamirez, and Christopher Sieber.
9th Sep '17 4:36:48 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: The Quest turns out to be to put on a musical in [insert city location] "as long as it isn't an AndrewLloydWebber [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera musical]]". The cast procedes to cut themselves with their swords and kill themselves to a mock-Webber tune.

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* TakeThat: The Quest turns out to be to put on a musical in [insert city location] "as long as it isn't an AndrewLloydWebber Creator/AndrewLloydWebber [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera musical]]". The cast procedes to cut themselves with their swords and kill themselves to a mock-Webber tune.
4th Aug '17 10:17:20 AM xcountryguy
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Inverted. When Arthur first meets Sir. Galahad, he doesn't believe he is king. King Arthur then calls him a doubting Thomas, to which Galahad corrects him with his real name: Dennis.

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Inverted. When Arthur first meets Sir. Galahad, he doesn't believe he is king. King Arthur then calls him a doubting Thomas, to which Galahad corrects him with his real name: Dennis.



* BerserkButton: Are you an uncaring, unloving, and/or just plain abusive father? Stay the hell away from [[spoiler: Lancelot]]. Although even if you're not, he'll probably find some reason to [[TheBerserker kill you]]...

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* BerserkButton: Are you an uncaring, unloving, and/or just plain abusive father? Stay the hell away from [[spoiler: Lancelot]].[[spoiler:Lancelot]]. Although even if you're not, he'll probably find some reason to [[TheBerserker kill you]]...



* TheCastShowoff: In "You Won't Succeed on Broadway", David Hyde Pierce gets to sing, dance, pattersong, and do the ''Fiddler on the Roof'' Bottle Dance.
* ClicheStorm: Of the parodied sort, mocking every Broadway trope in existence, from love songs to happy endings and weddings.
* CompositeCharacter: Galahad, Lancelot, and Robin are all combined with OneSceneWonder characters played by their respective actors in the movie -- hence, Galahad is now the same person as Dennis the anarcho-syndicalist peasant (both of whom were played by Michael Palin in the movie), Robin and Lancelot are the plague victim collector and his quarrelsome customer (Eric Idle and John Cleese, respectively). Mythologically speaking, the Lady of the Lake and [[spoiler: Guinevere]] are combined into one character.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Lady of the Lake is also [[spoiler: Guinevere]]. This combined with purposeful AdaptationDecay of the myth gets lampshaded by one of the knights swearing loudly about how ridiculous this is!

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* TheCastShowoff: In "You Won't Succeed on Broadway", David Hyde Pierce gets to sing, dance, pattersong, and do the ''Fiddler on the Roof'' Bottle Dance.
* ClicheStorm: Of the parodied sort, mocking every Broadway trope in existence, from love songs to happy endings and weddings.
* CompositeCharacter: Galahad, Lancelot, and Robin are all combined with OneSceneWonder characters played by their respective actors in the movie -- hence, Galahad is now the same person as Dennis the anarcho-syndicalist peasant (both of whom were played by Michael Palin in the movie), Robin and Lancelot are the plague victim collector and his quarrelsome customer (Eric Idle and John Cleese, respectively). Mythologically speaking, the Lady of the Lake and [[spoiler: Guinevere]] [[spoiler:Guinevere]] are combined into one character.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Lady of the Lake is also [[spoiler: Guinevere]].[[spoiler:Guinevere]]. This combined with purposeful AdaptationDecay of the myth gets lampshaded by one of the knights swearing loudly about how ridiculous this is!



* CutSong: The show had two more songs in the Pre-Broadway run in Chicago, a torch song called "Burn Her" (sung by Sir Bedevere) meant to be their version of the witch scene from the film, and a parody of cabaret songs called [[TheSomethingSong "The Cow Song"]] ([[ActingForTwo sung by the Lady of the Lake]]'s actress) Both are notable because, had they not been cut, it would have been the only times the Lady of the Lake doubled as another character (in this case, the Witch and the Cow), which would have left Arthur as the only character not ActingForTwo.



* ManlyGay: [[spoiler: Lancelot]], who up until then gave no hints of his sexuality, and was unaware of it himself. ([[AllThereInTheManual Unless you buy the more expensive playbook]], in which case his dream is explicitly stated to be to open an fabric store.)

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* ManlyGay: [[spoiler: Lancelot]], [[spoiler:Lancelot]], who up until then gave no hints of his sexuality, and was unaware of it himself. ([[AllThereInTheManual Unless you buy the more expensive playbook]], in which case his dream is explicitly stated to be to open an fabric store.)



* SightGag: "Hay!" from "You Won't Succeed On Broadway".

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"Hay!" from "You Won't Succeed On Broadway".



* SuddenlyEthnicity: [[spoiler: Patsy]] turns out to be Jewish. Well, half-Jewish. ([[spoiler: It's not exactly something you say to a heavily armed Christian!]])

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* SuddenlyEthnicity: [[spoiler: Patsy]] [[spoiler:Patsy]] turns out to be Jewish. Well, half-Jewish. ([[spoiler: It's ([[spoiler:It's not exactly something you say to a heavily armed Christian!]])
2nd Aug '17 12:48:44 AM DrOO7
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Often. In particular, Herbert's father yells "STOP IT" at the orchestra when they start to accompany Herbert's singing.
11th Jun '17 9:48:34 PM jtierney50
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* AscendedExtra: Patsy has a much larger role in the musical than he did in the movie, where he had exactly one line (you know [[MediumAwareness which one]]), essentially replacing Sir Bedevere as Arthur's constant companion.

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* AscendedExtra: Patsy has a much larger role in the musical than he did in the movie, where he had exactly one line (you know [[MediumAwareness which one]]), essentially replacing Sir Bedevere as Arthur's constant companion. The Lady of the Lake was only mentioned briefly in one scene, and [[spoiler:Guinevere]] didn't appear at all (not to be confused with Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Show/Movie, who was given a single picture in the movie and is actually (briefly) present in the show).
11th Jun '17 9:46:33 PM jtierney50
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* SettingIntroductionSong: The show opens with the Fisch Schlapping Song, a big dramatic number about Finland, where none of the action happens.

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* SettingIntroductionSong: The show opens with the Fisch Schlapping Song, a big dramatic number about Finland, where none of the action happens. Played somewhat straight by the historian describing the historical/meteorological climate of England immediately before, although it's all spoken word over music and not actually sung.
27th Mar '17 10:48:47 AM Kafkesque
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* ItsAllAboutMe: "I'm All Alone" is made of this trope, with King Arthur singing about how [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he's all alone]]... and completely ignoring the fact that Patsy's there beside him as always.


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* LiteralMetaphor: In "I'm All Alone," Arthur sings about how there's "no one to share my heavy load"... and Patsy pointedly glances at the mountain of baggage he's carrying for Arthur.
12th Mar '17 12:58:58 PM nombretomado
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* NoFourthWall: What did you expect? It's MontyPython.

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* NoFourthWall: What did you expect? It's MontyPython.Creator/MontyPython.
10th Mar '17 12:48:32 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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** ...and the fact that this actually counts as TookALevelInBadass compared to the movie pretty much says all there is to say about how non-badass Robin is.
25th Feb '17 4:21:31 PM nombretomado
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** The bottle dance from ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is re-enacted in "You Won't Succeed On Broadway". Just with Grails instead of bottles.

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** The bottle dance from ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is re-enacted in "You Won't Succeed On Broadway". Just with Grails instead of bottles.
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