[10 Things About] ‘Spamalot'

Kessler Broadway presents "Monty Python's Spamalot" Jan. 17 and 18 at Thalia Mara Hall (225 E. Pascagoula St.). The show, which tells the tale of King Arthur and the round-table knights, begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $25-$62.50. For information, visit http://www.kesslerbroadway.com, or call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000. Here are some tidbits to get you saying, "Ni!"

1. "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" didn't come from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." It came from "Life of Brian," another Monty Python movie.

2. The Holy Grail in "Spamalot" is Broadway. The show pokes fun at musical theater.

3. The show includes flying cows, killer rabbits and French people.

4. "Spamalot" was a Tony winner for best musical in 2005.

5. At least three reviews of the musical emphasize the word "silly."

6. The touring production of "Spamalot" uses approximately 40 coconuts a month.

7. Six pounds of confetti are used at each performance.

8. The Lady of the Lake's costumes are all made of hand-strung glass beads.

9. The orchestra uses a Spama-horn, an instrument specially developed for and used only in "Spamalot."

10. The poorest peasants' costumes in the show are actually made of raw silk.


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