'Spamalot' makes quick, rousing visit to renovated Modell Center at the Lyric
The newly renovated Lyric Opera House -- now officially the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric -- is open for business.
The inaugural season has an assortment of opera (Lyric Opera Baltimore takes its first bow next month); pop stars; the occasional icon (Tony Bennett next week, John Waters in December); and, this weekend, a bunch of crazy knights seeking the Holy Grail in the 2005 Tony-winning musical "Spamalot."
This is one of several bus-and-struck shows breezing in and out of the Lyric this season. Only one of three performances remains -- 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon -- and if you are looking for a quick lift, get over there.
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BT McNicholl has re-created the original Mike Nichols direction vibrantly. And the cohesive ensemble plunges into the deliriously zany business with admirable finesse.
Folks already tuned into the Monty Python world may have a better time with all of this than those unfortunates who don't grasp why the mere mention of Spam is hilarious, or what is so funny about a killer rabbit. But, hey, we can't all have superior comic tastes.
Arthur Rowan makes a worthy King Arthur. Brittany Woodrow brings a terrific voice and styling to the role of the Lady of the the Lake. Kasidy Devlin has a great fling as Sir Robin, as does Marylander Adam Grabau portraying Sir Lancelot, the French Taunter and a couple of other choice parts.
This well-oiled production reconfirms that "Spamalot" is a big, old-fashioned musical with a silly heart inside. It offers something to entertain and/or insult just about everybody. Can't ask more of show than that.
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