SPAMALOT....

  • GQjock

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    Mar 12, 2008 11:52 AM GMT
    I just saw a traveling company of Spamalot here in Miami

    Who's seen it? And what did you think?

    I was kind of disappointed ... I'm a GREAT Python fan
    and MP's Holy Grail has to be one of the funniest movies ever made
    The funniest lines in the play came straight from the movie
    and they didn't just say them .. they hit over over the head and clubbed you with them
  • auryn

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    Mar 12, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    I heard that Clay Aiken is in the Broadway shows. So, of course, people are calling it Spermalot now.
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    Mar 12, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    GQ - I totally agree. I saw Spamalot when it was in Portland and was disappointed - so I'm glad that it's not just me. If you like Mel Brooks - I would highly recommend "Young Frankenstein" with Megan Mullally. I saw the Pre-Broadway show in Seattle and was rolling on the floor! They used most of the lines from the movie, but also added several new ones - which kept the play fresh.
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    Mar 12, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    No I haven't but it's on my to do list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and travelling plays before I croke. Luckily, I've managed to see 2 of my big ones, "Hairspray" (long before there was talk of a movie version; which did it justice -thank you", and "Wicked"!
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    Mar 12, 2008 5:33 PM GMT
    I saw a traveling company production of it. As a show I thought it was entertaining and lite, the very sort of show a traveling company should do as they slog through cities with no theater.

    But it was just a tepid rehashing of the movie. There are more laughs in a 30 minute episode of Flying Circus than in two hours of musical fluff.
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    Mar 12, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    When they turn these very funny movies into musicals, half of the comedy always winds up being thrown out. The Producers is a great example: possibly the funniest movie ever made, the show was tepid and cuddly (something the movie definitely is not!).

    Hairspray? Most of John Waters' insane asides thrown into the trash. Spamalot? Pleasant, amusing, but nothing like the Holy Grail. I bet Young Frankenstein is the same thing again.

    Just watch the opening sequence of the original The Producers with Estelle Winwood, Zero Mostel, and Gene Wilder. It's the most insanely funny twenty minutes ever put on film.
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    Mar 12, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    jprichva saidJust watch the opening sequence of the original The Producers with Estelle Winwood, Zero Mostel, and Gene Wilder. It's the most insanely funny twenty minutes ever put on film.


    Thank god! I was starting to think I was the only one who thought the original movie was way better than the musical or the musical's film.
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    Mar 12, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    I can't recall if I have seen the original movie "The Producers", I was disappointed in the movie of the broadway musical. Started off well but was too long and ended up being kind of boring.

    I have heard good things about Spamalot, but to be honest it would be hard to beat "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" one of the most original and brilliant comedic movies ever made. It changed the way I view rabbits for life. icon_lol.gif
  • GQjock

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    Mar 13, 2008 10:31 AM GMT
    You see...I liked the Producers
    Mainly because of Nathan Lane
    and I'm looking forward to seeing Young Frankenstein

    ...but Spamalot was just a watered down Holy Grail
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 13, 2008 10:54 AM GMT
    I'm going to piggyback of JP's comments and point to another movie-come-musical:

    The Lion King on Broadway

    Why?
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    Mar 13, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    The art director for Lion King, Julie Taymor, is a genius. Other than that, it was not worth seeing.

    But The Little Mermaid: The Musical?
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    Mar 13, 2008 1:28 PM GMT
    I know this is a bit off topic, but has anyone seen "Jersey Boys"? I am taking my partner to see it on Broadway for his birthday, and I have heard good things about it. I like some of the Four Seasons music which helps, but I hope it also has a good storyline.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 13, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    The costume design [of the Lion King musical] is impressive, but (to me) it feels like well-done CGI: pretty to look at, but not something worth following for the length of a feature film.

    Of course, if I had sat closer to the scene, I would have been more sucked into it.

    I still say that it's an unnecessary production. The movie is well-done and the live musical doesn't bring anything new to the table. It's, in essence, a vanity project.

    The Little Mermaid...again, what will the musical version bring to the table?

    It reminds me of videogames based off of licensed property and vice versa. More in a quantitative sense isn't necessarily more in a qualitative sense.
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    Mar 13, 2008 1:44 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidIt reminds me of videogames based off of licensed property and vice versa. More in a quantitative sense isn't necessarily more in a qualitative sense.


    What are you talking about? Have you not played the wonder that is A Nightmare on Elm Street: the Game?

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Mar 13, 2008 2:16 PM GMT
    Alas no, I haven't (once you mentioned that game, I set out to find the very video you embedded icon_razz.gif). Unless I've repressed something, I think I've been fairly lucky with the movie-licensed games I've bought and played (with the exception of the *ugh* Spiderman game for SNES, the LEGO Star Wars trilogies and the Kingdom Hearts series are the two I've least enjoyed).

    However, in terms of the movies...ooh baby, there are some magnificent examples of awfulness!

    ...and I actually liked the original Mortal Kombat movie :-)

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    Instead of continuing this derailment from GQJock's SPAMALOT topic, I've set up a new thread: http://www.realjock.com/topic/123300/
  • eckilegs

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    Mar 13, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    I actually just saw it this last Monday. I liked it for the most part, but there were definitely moments where my head did the side tilt thing and I was left asking, "Really?" Definitely some parts that could have been left out of the show for me. But Otherwise it was good. Sorry you were disappointed GQJock.

    I watched the movie the next night, it was definitely fun to reminisce. That movie is just so damn funny. What's everyone's favorite parts. Mine is probably the conversation with God. Cracks me up.

    "Oh stop groveling, if there's one thing I can't stand it's when people grovel"

    "Everytime I try to talk to someone it's 'I'm sorry this' and 'Forgive me' that and 'I'm not worthy'. Just like those miserable songs they're so depressing"

    "Good Idea my lord......"
    "COURSE it's a good idea!"