BWW Reviews: BroadHollow's SPAMALOT
Monty Python's Spamalot, the latest offering from BroadHollow Theatre Company, is indeed well done. This Jason Allyn directed incarnation wonderfully does the Tony winning show justice and the hilariously talented cast left the audience in stitches, even making light of some mishaps that occurred throughout the two act musical.
The production, "lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail", plays the BayWay Theatre until July 7th transferring to their Elmont location beginning July 13th. The story is a parody of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable on a quest to find the Holy Grail. As a side note, Monty Python was the name of a famous British comedy troupe that included Eric Idle who, with John Du Prez, created this show.
Long Island theatre vets Kim and Chris Dufrenoy lead the cast as Lady of the Lake and King Arthur. The whole show was well received by the enthusiastic audience, but Ms. Dufrenoy's performance of "Diva's Lamnet" had the audience in fits of laughter. Additionally, Mr. Dufrenoy's performance of "King Arthur's Song" with Kevin Russo, who portrays Arthur's servant Patsy, brought a loud round of applause. Another highlight everyone enjoyed was the audience interaction toward the end of the show.
Indeed, the entire company was fantastic despite some awkward choreography and music (played by tracks) overpowering them at some points.
Also great were the sets done by Bob Butterley. A bi-level stage served as a castle as the Knights went on their quest. Also the "inexpensive forest" was, well, inexpensive looking. Additionally, the costumes, done by the show's director, seemed to well replicate several from the Broadway production.
And so, it seems BroadHollow has a hit on their hands with Monty Python's Spamalot. A stunningly talented cast and a wonderfully hilarious show prove for a fun night of theatre.
Monty Python's Spamalot is presented by the BroadHollow Theatre Company at East Islip's BayWay Theatre through July 7th. It will continue to their Elmont location beginning July 13th. Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, Direction and Costumes by Jason Allyn, Musical Direction by Kelly Schlittenhardt, Set Design by Bob Butterly, Lighting Design by Hemraj Budham, Choreography by David Hoffman, Assistant Costumer is Kirstyn Berry, and Stage Manager is Anne Longobardo.