Monty Python’s Spamalot: Second National Tour Underway

Monty Python’s Spamalot: Second National Tour Underway

Before we begin, Land of Punt expects kudos for writing about the musical Spamalot and not incorporating “-alot” into the headline.

You’re welcome.

The 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical launched its second national tour on Sept. 24 in Waterbury, CT.

Tickets for Monty Python’s Spamalot can currently be purchased for performances in Morgantown, West Virginia; University Park, Pennsylvania; and Worcester, Massachusetts—just to name a few of the tour’s upcoming stops.

According to Spamalot’s Web site, the production will be touring until at least the end of June 2011.

This touring version stars Steve McCoy, Caroline Bowman, Adam Grabau, and a cast of non-equity actors. The production will feature the sets and costumes from the previous national tour.

The hugely successful musical is based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. However, you don’t need to be a fan of Python to enjoy this hilarious musical comedy.

“I assumed Python fans would come anyway, but to be successful we had to attract a whole other audience, and this is what happened,” explains Python member and the show’s lyricist, Eric Idle. “In many ways Spamalot introduced new fans to Python. It’s a kind of anti- Broadway musical. It’s a musical that sends up Broadway musicals.”

In anticipation of the second national tour visiting your section of the globe, LOP thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at this award-winning production. Below are 20 things you may not know about the wonderfully irreverent Monty Python’s Spamalot.

  1. The musical has its own instrument. It’s called the “Spama-horn” and it was developed especially for the show.
  2. Hair we go: Spamalot uses over 100 wigs. All their wigs are hand-tied and made of human hair, yak hair, and synthetic fibers.
  3. The mud make-up you see during the show was designed just for Spamalot.
  4. This has to be a record: Spamalot uses 40 pairs of men’s fishnets and 56 cod pieces.
  5. Spamalot’s set employs 35 line sets, 30 chain motors, and over 13,000 pounds of stage weight.
  6. To help set-up, the production hires 50 locals to unload all the gear.
  7. Spamalot hires 25 local crew members to help run the show.
  8. More than 40 coconuts are used in the show every month.
  9. The really poor peasants in the show are actually wearing togs made out of raw silk.
  10. To create the show’s fog effect, the production uses six tanks of liquid carbon dioxide per week.
  11. To achieve the Feet of God “blast off” effect, the production uses more than 30 fire extinguishers every month.
  12. The lift that elevates the Lady of the Lake uses 2600 pounds of hydraulic pressure.
  13. Each Spamalot performance uses six pounds of confetti.
  14. Many of Spamalot’s costumes are made with molded ABS plastics and nuts and bolts. This means the costume designer has to be just as agile with a needle as with a power drill.
  15. Spamalot uses 40 wireless microphones that consume more than 2500 AAA batteries a month.
  16. The Show Portal weighs 2800 pounds but that’s nothing when compared to The Camelot Hanger which weighs 6000 pounds. However, both are dwarfed by the 1700-pound “Feet of God.” That set apparatus is so heavy producers have it flown in.
  17. This next fact doesn’t make much sense unless you’ve seen the show, but before each performance three feet of “blood” are ironed.
  18. The Lady of the Lake, whose character was expanded just for the musical (Monty Python were notorious for never writing any female roles) wears a costume made entirely out of hand-strung glass beads.
  19. During the show, there’s a cow that’s catapulted over a castle. That flying bovine weighs 45 pounds and it takes two people to launch it.
  20. Exactly how many people does it take to put on one Spamalot show? Well, it takes 80 people and that includes everyone on and off the stage.

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