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Fri, 03 Jun 2005

Spamalot / Original Broadway Cast
Here's a philosophical question: Is it better to walk into a musical having heard some of the music? Or should you go in cold? Which provides the richer and more satisfying experience?

Okay, on the scale of philosophical questions, I'd say that rates no more than a 3. But let's give it some consideration anyway. Which would you want to do? And how does the answer change if the play is based on a story you know?

If you're a Python fan, news that Eric Idle was turning Monty Python and the Holy Grail into a Broadway musical must have filled you with a mixture of joy and dread. On the one hand, anything new (or even newish) from the Pythons is cause for celebration. But there's always the risk of destroying a happy memory with an inferior and exploitive piece of dren.

Not that things always turn out that way. With great box office and 14 Tony nominations, Spamalot is clearly a hit. And as the album clearly demonstrates (which shows which side I come down on regarding that philosophical question), they haven't just rehashed a beloved movie. Heck they've rehashed a lot more than that!

And now I can't wait for the chance of a trip to New York to see how the story fits together with the songs. Or if...

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