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Spamalot

Drury Lane- Oakbrook
100 Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and voted Outstanding Musical of 973 AD, Monty Python's SPAMALOT is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchman and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up SPAMALOT.

Thru - Mar 6, 2011

Wednesdays: 1:30pm
Thursdays: 1:30pm & 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:30pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 6:00pm



Price: $29-$38

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs 20mins: one intermission

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  Spamalot Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...As a longtime student of this piece--which had its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago in 2004--I'll say this. If you've not had the previous pleasure--and the comedic delights of "Spamalot" in the middle of a grey midwestern January are multifarious--you can go and see this new local version and rest assured you will be getting the full Idle monty. The only diminishment from the original Broadway production is the ticket price. The only thing you'll miss is all the money leaving your pocket."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Director William Osetek’s production, which moves with great speed and an impressive lightness, is a tremendously zesty, smartly reinvented, often cleverly updated take on the 2005 Broadway original. The show, which deals with nothing less than life and death issues, also comes decked out with Pythonically off-kilter riffs that lurch from political philosophy and Arthurian legend to adolescent fart jokes and wacky pratfalls, and from inspired wordplay (confusing “alms” and “arms,” and “kneel” and “Neil”) to leggy showgirls in Super Bowl halftime mode, and a slew of zany Broadway homages ranging from “Fiddler on the Roof” to Andrew Lloyd Webber. And that’s just for starters in a work that understands that myths keep man alive, and the invisible fourth wall in the theater is meant to be punctured."
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Hedy Weiss


Pioneer Press - Highly Recommended

"...In the long grey post-holiday slog, "Spamalot" provides a bright respite of inspired crazy. Catch it while you can."
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Catey Sullivan


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Still, packed as it is with old Python bits and songs (plus some newer tunes by John Du Prez and Python Eric Idle), the show is entertaining. Graced with fine comic actors like Sean Allan Krill, Bradley Mott, and Matthew Crowle, Drury Lane's energetic revival radiates talent and joy."
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Jack Helbig


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The ongoing love affair between “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and Chicago, where the show had its pre-Broadway tryout five years ago, continues. Eric Idle’s wife of thirty-five-plus years is a Chicagoan and Idle is frequently back in the area as he was over the holidays, even checking out the rehearsals at Drury Lane. Judging from the end product, it would be hard to imagine that Idle wasn’t extremely pleased at his sound judgment in giving Drury Lane permission to give the show’s regional theater premiere."
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Dennis Polkow


Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"...Pulling out all the stops, William Osetek and his creative team have mounted a regional production of Eric Idle’s 2005 Tony Award-winning musical that is as impressive as the much-loved Broadway original. Glitzy and filled with spectacle, bawdy humor, bad puns and sight gags, this version of the “musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’” will please both audiences unfamiliar with the film as well as the most ardent Monty Python fans."

Colin Douglas


Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...Drury Lane Oakbrook’s regional premiere production of Spamalot is a joy to behold. Director William Osetek is unafraid to cast a herd of talented actors and dancers, some of whom only stampede the stage for a few big scenes. There are more costumes in this one production than most theatre companies use in five years; Costume Coordinator Maggie Foss and Costume Manager Erika Senase must be exhausted from such a monumental undertaking so well executed."
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J. Scott Hill


Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"... Drury Lane has lavished its attention on this staging, making such big production numbers as “Knights of the Round Table” and “His Name Is Lancelot” into giddy showpieces. At the center of Osetek’s fine version stands Kortemeier’s Arthur, an eternal straight man maintaining unruffled poise in the face of utter nonsense. Kortemeier and Matthew Crowle, as Arthur’s servant Patsy, lend a human dimension to the otherwise farcical proceedings. And the reliable Sanders plays a set of mostly Cleesian characters (Lancelot, Tim the Enchanter, the French Taunter) with the manic dignity of his great predecessor."
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John Beer


Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...All of the actors are fully charismatic and bring a ton of characterization to their parts: Robin (Pelty) is sweet and funny with his fear of actual fighting. Galahad (Krill) is charming but not irritating with his pretty boy looks and demeanor. Lancelot (Sanders) is entertaining with his tough boy act to hide his hidden interests and Bedevere (Mott) works well to round out to the cast."

Allegra Gallian


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Spamalot is a marvel that blends Pythonesque comedy with Broadway musical elements that plays as a clever spoof of a spoof resulting in a manically wonderful night at the theatre. Matthew Crowle, Sean Allan Krill, Jackson Evens and Adam Pelty were particularly amazing.  The first regional production of Spamalot is a major success. I’m sure Drury Lane Theatre will earn the rights to more based on this terrific production. Even folks who hated Spamalot before loved this production.  Don’t miss this fun show."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...I first saw the show at the Cadillac Palace before it headed to Broadway and while it had a standout cast, the Drury Lane Theatre under the direction of William Osetek has assembled talent with a capital “T”. The performers should be headed to New York, but then we would lose so many talented professionals."

Richard Eisenhardt


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The musical numbers fun as well. While “Bright Side” is the most memorable ( and you will go out either humming or whistling this one), there are numbers that will have you rolling in the aisles. In fact, while many people have asked, “How can one see a show like this more than once?”- I tell them “It was just as much fun for me this time as the first because the cast modifies and changes things and with all the laughter ( I know that the people around me knew I was there) we miss a few lines, so on the second time around, we laugh at what we missed the first time. This is a production that SHOULD NOT BE MISSED! Period! from the glorious sets (Christopher Ash), lighting ( as close to perfection as I have ever seen on a local stage by Jesse Klug) and costumes from the West End production ( how about that Chicago!) handled by Maggie Floss, you will see the glitz of a major Broadway production in the very intimate setting known as Drury Lane Oakbrook."
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Alan Bresloff


   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.
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