->"All for one, one for all
->All for one and one for all
->Some for some
->None for none
->Slightly less for people we don't like
->And a little bit more for me"
--> -"All For One"

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 TimCurry, [[{{Frasier}} David Hyde Pierce]], Creator/HankAzaria, [[Series/GreysAnatomy Sara Ramirez]], and Christopher Sieber.

The 'plot' is introduced by [[InteractiveNarrator the historian]], who gives an overview of the setting: medieval England. Naturally, the cast goes on to sing a song about Finland (also using the opportunity to perform the famous Fish-Slapping Dance). After this misunderstanding is cleared up, KingArthur and his servant Patsy arrive on the scene in search of knights for the round table. They promptly get into an argument about swallows with some guards.

Later, Arthur and Patsy find Robin, a plague victim collector, and Lancelot (who is trying to dispose of a man who turns out to be "Not Dead Yet") and convince them to join the quest. Next, Arthur comes across a politically active peasant named Dennis, who denies Arthur's right to rule. To change his mind, Arthur summons the Lady of the Lake, who convinces Dennis to become Sir Galahad. Somewhere, they also pick up Sir Bedevere (and the aptly-named Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show).

After arriving in a Las Vegas-inspired Camelot, the knights are contacted by the voice of God (a recording of John Cleese or in the touring production, Eric Idle) who wants them to search for the Holy Grail. They set out immediately, but are defeated by the incessant taunting of their French enemies. The knights become separated and Arthur ends up in a "dark and very expensive forest", where he is "All Alone" (sort of). He then meets the Knights Who Say Ni, for which he and Patsy go off to find a shrubbery.

Meanwhile, Sir Robin is being annoyed by his minstrels when he happens upon the Black Knight. Robin is terrified, but Arthur bursts on the scene and defeats the Black Knight [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail more or less how one would expect]]. The KWSN want their shrubbery to be in a Broadway musical. Robin tells Arthur he cannot have a good musical without Jews, so he and Patsy go off to look for some.

''Meanwhile'', the Lady of the Lake complains about [[BreakingTheFourthWall her lack of stage time]]. Sir Lancelot storms a castle to save who he believes is a princess in distress. Naturally, it turns out to be Prince Herbert, a musically-inclined lad with a music-hating father. And ''everyone'' thinks Lancelot is gay.

When [[spoiler: Patsy reveals he is Jewish]], Arthur can resume his quest for the Holy Grail. Reunited with the others, Arthur encounters Tim the Enchanter, who warns them about an evil rabbit. They defeat the rabbit with Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and proceed to find the Holy Grail [[spoiler: under the seat of an audience member]]. Arthur marries the Lady of the Lake [[spoiler: aka Guinevere]], Prince Herbert finally gets to sing [[spoiler: and marries Sir Lancelot]], and Sir Robin decides to go into musical theater.
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!!Includes examples of:
* 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.
** This joke is continued when King Arthur tells him to 'kneel'. Galahad angrily replies with: "Dennis!"
* AdaptationalSexuality: Prince Herbert, in the original movie, was AmbiguouslyGay / CampStraight. In the musical he is confirmed as gay. [[spoiler:As is Sir Launcelot, who marries him in the end.]]
* ActingForTwo: Just like in the movie, even with the CompositeCharacter effect going on, most of the actors play several roles.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: The Lady of the Lake. The female characters in the movie are at most {{One Scene Wonder}}s and the Lady of the Lake (though mentioned) didn't appear at all. Which makes her [[MediumAwareness singing about her lack of stage time in the musical]] even funnier.
* AscendedExtra: Patsy has a much larger role in the musical than he did in the movie, essentially replacing Sir Bedevere as Arthur's constant companion.
* AudienceParticipation: The knights discover that the Grail's location is [[spoiler:underneath a seat in the audience; the exact seat depends on the seat labeling conventions of the theater in question. The person sitting there is subsequently brought onstage and given the award for "Most Helpful Peasant"]].
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from ''Film/LifeOfBrian'', because we defy you to find a single Python fan who doesn't know it. The curtain call reprise encourages participation, in fact.
* AwardBaitSong: Parodied in "The Song That Goes Like This", but played straight in "Find Your Grail" -- or maybe not -- have you seen her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yRlnSgu-bY ham it up]]?
* [[BaitAndSwitchCredits Bait And Switch Playbill]]: Before you can get to the actual playbill in the play booklet, you are treated to a playbill for a (fake) Finnish moosical called ''Dik Od Triaanenen Fol (Finns Ain't What They Used To Be)'', "the story, in music and song, of Finlandís transformation from a predominantly rural agricultural base to one of the most sophisticated industrial and entrepreneurial economies in the world. Featuring the show-stopping, foot-stomping East Finland Moose Ballet ó 45 magnificent creatures in high-stepping harmony, believed to be the greatest display of horn ever seen on an American stage." Reading it will give you the impression you came to see something that is outright torture. With such numbers like "Milk It", ďItís a Bleeding (Economic) Miracle!Ē, ďI Hear Your Nokia But I Canít Come InĒ and "Foek You, Farmers," ''Dik Od Triaanenen Fol'' is performed with three intermissions - one every ''two and a half hours''.
** ''Patrons are asked not to smoke or speak Swedish in the theatre. [[NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning Please use cell phones whenever possible]].''
* 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]]...
* 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.
* 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!
* CrowdSong: The "Fisch Schlapping Song".
* 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.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Holy Grail'', Bedevere was the only knight to make it to the end with King Arthur and led the witch trial. In ''Spamalot'', he doesn't even get his own recruitment scene, and his iconic helmet is missing until Act II.
* EvolvingMusic
** The lyrics of "The Diva's Lament" -- in which the female lead mentions not having won any awards -- after the show did quite well at the Tony Awards.
** The UK tour changes "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" to a song about needing stars, since YouHaveToHaveJews is a predominantly American trope, whereas in Britain most touring musical productions tend to have at least one soap opera actor/reality TV star/broadcast comedian in the cast.
** A tap dance sequence was added for Harry Groener during his Broadway run as King Arthur.
* InnocentInnuendo: Tim yells out "BLOW ME!" He means "Below me."
* InteractiveNarrator: The Historian.
* KingArthur: Well, yeah...
* LamePunReaction
--> '''Arthur:''' "It's a symbol!" '''*cymbal crash* Arthur glares at orchestra pit'''
** Some versions have Arthur try to rush the pit, but gets held back by Patsy.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: "Come With Me" and "The Song That Goes Like This" is the Lady of the Lake assuring everyone that any knights of the Round Table are ''not'' virgins.
* 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.)
** There are some slight hints. In the recruitment line-up, he stands too close to the next knight, with his hand on his shoulder, and has to be asked to back off. He also likes the curtains.
* MediumAwareness: Several characters, leading them to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] at times. For example, Prince Herbert's father threatens the folks in the orchestra pit when they start playing for Herbert.
* MythologyGag: We open with a NonSequitur segue into material about Finland, a reference to the "Lumberjack Song", and the song [[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life"]].
** "Beautiful bird, the African swallow. Lovely plumage."
** The playbill has a hilarious fake bio page for "DIK OD TRIAANENEN FOL", starring the East Finland Moose Ballet, 45 magnificent creatures in high-stepping harmony. Believed to be the greatest display of horn ever seen on an American stage."
* NoFourthWall: What did you expect? It's MontyPython.
* NotQuiteDead: 'Not-Dead-Fred', among others. (Namely, everyone else with him on the corpse cart...)
-->He is not yet dead! [startles the bejesus out of Lancelot, Robin, and the corpse cart loader]
* PatterSong: "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" if you don't have any Jews.
* PrecisionFStrike: For the show, John Cleese re-recorded his dialogue as God. Part of it was an ad-libbed ''"Of course it's a good idea, I'm '''GOD''', you stupid GIT!" ''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Launcelot delivers a ''furious'' one to the King of Swamp Castle... which, judging by how emotional he gets about it, implies that he probably has some unresolved issues with his own father:
-->"This poor little chap is your son, sir! All he ever wanted was a little love and affection, but did you ever give it to him? No, no, I'll wager you denied him! You try to ''kill'' him, and worse, far worse, you try to ''marry him off'' to some girl, some ''female'' that he obviously has no feelings for whatsoever! Yes, yes, I know about a little bit of bullying fathers, you bastard! Have you no heart? Have you no human tenderness? Canít you see that all heís asking for is a little love and understanding? Is that too much to ask? ''Is it? Too much! To Ask!!!''"
* ScoobyStack: Done by the French Knights when they come upon the wooden rabbit.
* SettingIntroductionSong: The show opens with the Fisch Schlapping Song, a big dramatic number about Finland, where none of the action happens.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation
* ShapedLikeItself: "The Song That Goes Like This"
* ShoutOut: "Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Show" is Literature/DonQuixote. Even funnier is that a revival of ''ManOfLaMancha'' was going on right down the street when ''Spamalot'' premiered in New York.
** And in an off-Broadway traveling version of the show, Literature/DonQuixote was one of the former roles of the actor who played King Arthur.
** Amongst the army of French stereotypes that appear alongside their fellow knights as they haul in the Trojan Rabbit is a woman dressed up like Eponine from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''.
** The bottle dance from ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is re-enacted in "You Won't Succeed On Broadway". Just with Grails instead of bottles.
** Traveling productions always acknowledge their current city in some form when the Knights-Who-So-Recently-Said-"Ni!" no longer say "Ni." One tour stop also acknowledged its locale when the Lady of the Lake stopped halfway through her Vegas-style song to sing "Oh I was born in Michigan and to go back there I wish, again."
** Once in New England, a soccer cup final was going on at the time, so the Head Knight ended his rant with "GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!...it's one-one in the second half!" to the applause of many men in the audiance.
** In the Boston production, Robin's piano solo in "You Won't Succeed On Broadway" included the opening bars of the theme song for ''{{Cheers}}''.
** Shout outs often crop up in improvised segments, such as the French insults. (e.g. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/zidanes-headbutt "I headbutt you in the chest!"]])
** The boat in "The Song That Goes Like This" is very similar to that from ''The Phantom of the Opera''. As are the candelabra and chandelier which come on for set dressing (the latter gets shattered by the song's final note).
** In early April 2012, the KWSN's new thing to say ended with "Oh, don't feel bad, [Rick] Santorum, it's not like you had a chance [at the U.S. presidency] in any case," which got a rousing cheer from the San Francisco audience.
** The Knights Who So Recently Said "NI!" are particularly open to adaptation and vary from show to show to include all manner of pop-culture references; one performance had the part end with them being "The Knights Who Say Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptangya Ziiinnggggggg Ni, the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' books are terrible, vampires do not sparkle!" This very nearly earned the Knights a mid-show standing ovation.
** In the new touring production The Knights end their spiel with "Wopa Gangnam Style!" to rapturous applause.
** One Denver production had a travel montage that included part of the score from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** When Galahad is recruited, the Lady in the Lake shows up with a cheerleading team named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laker_Girls the Laker Girls]].
** The 2007-08 Las Vegas production already seemed right at home on the Strip with its take on Camelot ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur_Hotel_and_Casino here's what inspired it to begin with]]), but there were additional shout outs to the city anyway: King Arthur noting that "What happens in Camelot stays in Camelot!" and, in the final stretch, the Lady of the Lake telling him that they've done one better than succeeding on Boradway in making it to Vegas. Also, the production was mounted at Wynn Las Vegas, so the specially-decorated lobby included a dig at owner Steve Wynn's habit of decorating his resorts with fine art with a large, fancy vase marked "Wynn sez sell!"
** The Seattle production in 2014 has a number of references to the Seattle Seahawks and the 12th Man (including [[Theatre/TwelfthNight 12th Knight]] signs), as well as legalized gay marriage in Washington State.
* SightGag: "Hay!" from "You Won't Succeed On Broadway".
** Lancelot's banana.
** "Skip a little."
* SillyLoveSongs: "The Song That Goes Like This" is a parody, specifically of ones in Andrew Lloyd Webber productions.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Most of the characters who were killed off in the movie, survive in the musical.
* StylisticSuck: When the HolyHandGrenade kills the KillerRabbit, the set piece that's in front of it falls over [[CrowningMomentOfFunny revealing the rabbit's puppeteer]]. This is clearly intentional, because the puppeteer and the knights stare at each other for a moment, before he [[LookADistraction points behind them]] and runs offstage as the knights turn around.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Double subverted. Near the end of Act I, King Arthur sings "Have a drink and a pee/We'll be back for Act III" but there are only two acts. Patsy corrects him and he sings the correct word. The actual playbill actually labels the acts as Act 2 and Act 3 under where the scenes/songs are. However, during the intermission, the animated hand writes "Act III" before correcting itself and erasing the last Roman numeral.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: [[spoiler: Patsy]] turns out to be Jewish. Well, half-Jewish. ([[spoiler: It's not exactly something you say to a heavily armed Christian!]])
* 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: Though still the LovableCoward and generally inept knight (who enlisted mainly because he mistakenly thought being a knight was all about singing and dancing, not fighting), Sir Robin has actually Taken A (Slight) Level In Badass compared to his movie incarnation: In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' one of his brave deeds was ''nearly'' standing up to the Vicious Chicken of Bristol. In ''Spamalot'' he actually killed the chicken!
** ...and the fact that this actually counts as TookALevelInBadass pretty much says all there is to say about how non-{{Badass}} Robin is.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: The Knights Who So Recently Said "NI!"
* VisualInnuendo: Herbert's fruit hat during "His Name is Lancelot" in the final pose where the hat's banana is sticking up right in front of Lancelot's crotch.
* VisualPun: When Brother Maynard is taking too long on the foods to be feasted upon, King Arthur tells Maynard to "skip a little". So he... skips in place. For some reason, this is possibly the funniest sight gag in the show, perhaps because the audience is familiar with the scene from the film and this takes the original and adds something on.
* VivaLasVegas: In "Knights of the Round Table," the design and atmosphere of Camelot is a parody of the Las Vegas casino Excalibur. (And then [[HilariousInHindsight the play had a run at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort]]. See Shout Out above.)
* WanderingMinstrel: As in the movie, [[CowardlyLion Brave, brave Sir Robin]] has a group of them follow wherever he goes.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: The TropeNamer, from "You Won't Succeed on Broadway".
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