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In Kennedy Heart’s ‘Spamalot,’ a top-flight solid of Broadway clowns


And I imply that in probably the most fruitfully glad manner. The Kennedy Heart’s delicious revival of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” provides simply the sort of aid you crave from the continuous nonsense on the earth exterior the Eisenhower Theater — with priceless nonsense inside.

How Kennedy Heart manufacturing of ‘Spamalot’ got here collectively in two weeks

The gags of the 2005 musical by Eric Idle and John Du Prez — “lovingly ripped off” from the celebrated 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” — are divinely restored to stage life by director-choreographer Josh Rhodes and a wickedly wacky solid of 18. How humorous is that this daft assault in your giggle reflex? Let me depend (a few of) the methods:

  • Michael Urie, as a valor-deprived Sir Robin, discovering his irresistible candy spot in a boffo manufacturing quantity concerning the Jewish folks’s eternal Broadway glory.
  • Alex Brightman, as a spokesman for the Knights Who Say “Ni!,” ad-libbing his solution to theater immortality.
  • The Killer Bunny. Omg.
  • Nik Walker, summoning his interior Robert Goulet for a self-adoring flip as Sir Galahad in “The Music That Goes Like This.”
  • Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, the present’s glamour-hogging Girl of the Lake, out-Elphaba-ing Idina Menzel with a excessive word increased than something in “Defying Gravity.”
  • Rob McClure’s petulant Prince Herbert, so irritatingly lovelorn. And but on the similar time, so adorably needy.

This Broadway Heart Stage mounting is a tightly packed clown automotive, dashing to musical-theater nirvana. (Did I point out James Monroe Iglehart as an outstanding straight man of a King Arthur, along with his trusty patsy, Patsy, performed by Matthew Saldivar, ceaselessly at his facet?)

Musical comedies, like bananas, can go unhealthy. However time has been form to Python’s mixture of high- and lowbrow humor. The antics are of a range that deconstructs the irrationality of king-making in a single second (“We’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune,” declares a peasant performed by Walker) and sends up bodily capabilities within the subsequent (“I fart in your basic path!” Brightman shouts in an outrageously snooty French accent).

Idle, in a lifeless warmth with the opposite authentic Pythons because the funniest Python, wrote a e book for the musical that nostalgically re-creates a number of the film’s greatest episodes and provides a cheeky, meta-theatrical lampoon of Broadway conventions. Idle collaborated on the rating with Du Prez, who was within the viewers Sunday night time when the present formally opened. “What occurs in Camelot stays in Camelot!” King Arthur exclaims on the outset of a splashy Vegas quantity with scantily clad chorines — the Girl of the Lake’s Laker Ladies — dancing whereas carrying platters of jiggling mounds of gelatin.

It’s impolite, it’s retro, it’s a riot. Set designer Paul Tate dePoo III locations the 14-member Kennedy Heart Opera Home Orchestra, performed by John Bell, atop primitive arched buildings straight out of a medieval online game. Even dePoo’s projections are in on the joke: Anticipate the jaw-dropping visible slapdown of a sure Lengthy Island congressional prevaricator throughout “You Gained’t Succeed on Broadway.” Idle, who provides the voice of God, inspired the corporate so as to add alternative improvisations — and, nicely, mission completed.

Letting this rowdy gang free on the musical seems like an affectionate perpetuation of the Python spirit. Rhodes, who directed “The Who’s Tommy” for the Broadway Heart Stage sequence, which produces concert-style revivals of Broadway favorites, spreads the glee liberally. An energy-boosting dancing ensemble, 10 robust, brings welcome collective dashes of savvy and wit to the rousing manufacturing numbers. There’s a disciplined looseness to the proceedings, a way of an enormous event throughout which everybody goes to get their comedian shot. And everybody does.

I gained’t commit the injustice of highlighting one efficiency over some other. Not when coaxing us right into a delirious mind set is such a profitable workforce effort — by gamers drafted from the main leagues of lunacy.

Monty Python’s Spamalot, e book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Idle. Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music path, John Bell; units and projections, Paul Tate dePoo III; lighting, Cory Pattak; costumes supervision, Jen Caprio; sound, Haley Parcher. With Jimmy Smagula. About 2 hours 20 minutes. By means of Sunday on the Kennedy Heart. kennedy-center.org.

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