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Spamalot/Rozsa Center

A musical look at King Arthur’s quest

November 11, 2010
By ZACH KUKKONEN, DMG Features Editor

HOUGHTON - The 2005 Tony Award winner for best musical is coming to the Rozsa Center tonight, but it's not a typical Broadway show.

Filled with dancing divas, knights, killer rabbits and insulting Frenchmen, "Monty Python's Spamalot" brings its silliness sprinkled with quality musical numbers to the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Although the show is "lovingly ripped off" from the film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Rozsa Center Director Susanna Brent said one does not have to be a fan of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, or even get the humor, to enjoy "Spamalot."

"The cool thing about Spamalot is that if you watch Monty Python and you don't like or get it, you will still enjoy this show," Brent said. "It's a musical that makes fun of itself and has big musical numbers.

"It spans a wide range of different types of audiences - not just musicals, but comedies."

Originally directed by Mike Nichols - famed director of "The Graduate," among many other films - and originally starring actors such as David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier"), Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons") and Tim Curry ("Rocky Horror Picture Show"), the musical has gained critical acclaim and sold out shows across the United States.

Putting a new twist on the tale of King Arthur, the show will help audience members discover a new side of Sir Lancelot, find out the true identity of the round table and learn to always look on the bright side of life. Skewering everything from traditional Broadway numbers in "The Song That Goes Like This" and "You Won't Succeed on Broadway" to the Three Musketeers in "All For One," "Spamalot" has something to offer to every demographic.

Tickets are still available and are offered via Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations at 487-3200 or online at

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