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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 16 July 2006 12:35 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Python still has legs

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Jul. 16, 2006. 07:33 AM
RICHARD OUZOUNIAN

I'm not dead yet!"

When that grotesquely life-affirming shout rings out from the stage of the Canon Theatre tonight during the opening performance of Spamalot, it will indeed serve notice that the Monty Python movement is far from defunct.

Indeed, 32 years after the British comedy group's initial programs went off the air, you could argue that their appeal is stronger than ever.

Spamalot, the musical "lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the popular 1975 film, has turned into a seemingly bottomless gold mine, still playing to capacity audiences on Broadway 16 months after its debut while breaking theatre records everywhere else in North America where it has toured.


Now playing at the Canon Theatre


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Jimmy Brogan
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The Star loved it

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Jul. 17, 2006. 05:59 AM
RICHARD OUZOUNIAN
THEATRE CRITIC

All hail, Spamalot!

For the next eight weeks, the most joyous place to be in Toronto will be the Canon Theatre, where King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, the Killer Rabbit and the odd French Taunter will be holding court.

Yes, Eric Idle and John Du Prez's musical hit "lovingly ripped off" from the cult comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail finally opened in our fair city last night and we are certainly happier for its presence.

Make no mistake: this is an evening of pure froth and merriment, so light and insubstantial that it practically floats off the stage of its own accord. But when the world is falling apart around us and the mercury is shooting higher every day, isn't that just what we need?

There is a sort of plot: it's the usual Boy-Meets-Grail kind of show, only the boy here is none other than the paragon of English manhood, King Arthur.

As played with astonishing deftness by Michael Siberry, he makes the most wonderfully appealing dolt you could ever want to meet.




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