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not that I am encouraging piracy...hee but for those that use torrents...I was able to DL the original cast soundtrack and of course the original Holy Grail movie from mininova

I was listening to the whole soundtrack last night while putting my little girl to sleep...and I was laughing out loud the whole time....I had to do that silent laugh so as not to disturb Caitlin but I really totally enjoyed it.

Lancelot's big production number was specially funny and I thought made a great statement on stereotypes.

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Bringing over some of my Spamalot posts from main.

Apparently the same actor who plays Robin usually plays Brother Maynard and a guard, as well. They aren't main parts but both do have some funny lines (and different costumes). I noticed last night that by the end of the play, Sir Robin is dressed in a white top hat and tails.

This is from Wikpedia, from the Holy Grail movie entry. Eric Idle also played Sir Robin. I think the reason that the actors play various roles in the Broadway play is in keeping with the way the film was created. It was very typical of Monty Python that, even in their skits, the main guys would play multiple roles.

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Brother Maynard, played by Eric Idle, is one of the minor characters in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, first appearing in the scene where King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table first met Tim the Enchanter, as the keeper of several sacred relics, including the infamous Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

He was the one responsible for bringing out the Grenade for Arthur to slay the Rabbit of Caerbannog, and later, when the Knights entered the Cave of Caerbannog, he helped to translate the ancient Aramaic text left by Joseph of Aramathea, revealing the location of the Holy Grail to be in the Castle Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh.

Shortly afterwards, he was eaten by the Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh.

Just for fun (and because I can't concentrate on anything else tonight) I dug out my program from Spamalot in Toronto. Here are the scenes that it looks like Sir Robin takes part in:

ACT I:

Scene 4 - Plague Village

I Am Not Dead Yet......Not Dead Fred, Lance, Robin and Bodies

Scene 7 - The Knights

All For One......King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Sir Bedevere

Scene 8 - Camelot

Knights Of The Round Table......Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Sir Bedevere

Scene 10 - Find Your Grail

Find Your Grail......Lady of the Lake, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere, Knights and Grail Girls

Scene 11 - The French Castle

Run Away......French Taunters, King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere, French Guards and French Citizens

ACT II:

Scene 2 - A Very Expensive Forest

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life......Patsy, King Arthur, Knights and The Knights of Ni

Scene 3 - Sir Robin and His Minstrels

Brave Sir Robin......Sir Robin and Minstrels

Scene 5 - Another Part Of The Very Expensive Forest

You Won't Succeed On Broadway......Sir Robin and Ensemble

Scene 9 - The Killer Rabbit

The Holy Grail......King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bevedere and Knights

Finale

Find Your Grail - Medley......The Company

ETA: BWAH! In the Killer Rabbit scene, Brother Maynard has a really funny part!

OK, this is strange for me (because I'm not usually the type to sit and watch things on YouTube), but I was on a roll this morning, and found some great, Spamalot related stuff. Enjoy!

Original Monty Python Spam skit:

Original Brave Sir Robin sequence (played by Eric Idle), from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Spamalot: The Animated Musical - You Won't Succeed On Broadway (really cute!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wFfmmQZd7M&NR=1

Original Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Killer Rabbit scene (including Brother Maynard):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqD0RufWwYw

Silly Lego version of the same:

Just for fun, one of my old favourites from Monty Python (not Spamalot related) - the Dead Parrot Sketch:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GipFyAsYK1M

And with that, I hit my 1500th post! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

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Here are the lyrics to Clay's major solo:

You Won't Succeed On Broadway Lyrics

ARTHUR:

Have you heard of this "Broadway?"

ROBIN:

Yes sire...and we don't stand a chance there.

ARTHUR:

Why not?

ROBIN:

Because...Broadway is a very special place,

filled with very special people,

people who can sing and dance, often at the same time!

They are a different people, a multi-talented people,

a people...who need people...and who are, in many ways, the

luckiest people in...the world. I'm sorry sire, but we don't stand a chance.

ARTHUR:

But why?

ROBIN:

Well...let me put it like this.

In any great adventure,

that you don't want to lose,

victory depends upon the poeple that you choose.

So, listen, Arthur darling, closely to this news:

We won't succeed on Broadway,

If you don't have any Jews.

You may have the finest sets,

Fill the stage with penthouse pets,

You may have the loveliest costumes and best shoes.

You my dance and you may sing,

But I'm sorry, Arthur king,

You'll hear no cheers,

Just lots and lots of boos.

ENSEMBLE:

Boo.

ROBIN:

You mahve have butch men by the score

Whom the audience adore,

You may even have some animals from zoos,

Though you've holes and krauts instead,

You may have unlevened bread,

But I tell you, you are dead,

If you don't have any Jews.

They won't care if it's witty,

or everything looks pretty,

They'll simply say it's shitty and profuse.

Nobody will go, sir,

If it's not kosher then no show, sir,

Even Goyem won't be dim enough to choose!

Put on shows that make men stare,

With lots of girls in underwear,

You may even have the finest of reviews.

CRITIC:

You're doing great!

ROBIN:

The audience won't care, sir,

As long as you don't dare, sir,

To open up on Broadway

If you don't have any Jews.

You may have dramatic lighting,

Or lots of horrid fighting,

You may even have some white men sing the blues!

Your knights might be nice boys,

But sadly we're all goys,

And that noise that you call singing you must lose.

So, despite your pretty lights,

and naughty girls in nasty tights,

and the most impressive scenery you use...

You may have dancing mana-mano,

You may bring on a piano,

But they will not give a damn-o

If you don't have any Jews!

You may fill your play with gays,

Have Nigerian girls in stays,

GIRLS:

You may even have some schizas making stews!

ROBIN:

You haven't got a clue,

If you don't have a Jew,

All of your investments you are going to lose!

There's a very small percentile,

Who enjoys a dancing gentile,

I'm sad to be the one with this bad news!

But never mind your swordplay,

You just won't succeed on Broadway,

You just won't succeed on Broadway,

If you don't have any Jews!

Arthur, can you hear me?

To get along on Broadway,

To sing a song on Broadway,

To hit the top on Broadway and not lose,

I tell you, Arthur king,

There is one essential thing...

There simply must be, simply must be Jews.

There simply must be,

Arthur trust me,

Simply must be Jews.

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You have one too many "http" in there.

This song is cracking me up. Robin has quite a big part in it. I can't stop listening to it!

He Is Not Dead Yet

ROBIN (spoken):

Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!

LANCE (spoken):

Here's one.

DAD (spoken):

I'm not dead!

ROBIN (spoken):

Here, he says he's not dead!

LANCE (spoken):

Yes he is.

DAD (spoken):

I feel happy. I feel happy.

(sung)

I am not dead yet

I can dance and I can sing

I am not dead yet

I can do the Highland Fling

I am not dead yet

No need to go to bed

No need to call the doctor

Cause I'm not yet dead.

BODIES:

He is not yet dead

That's what the geezer said

No, he's not yet dead

That man is off his head

He is not yet dead

So put him back in bed

Keep him off the cart because he's not yet dead.

Well now he's dead

You whacked him on the head

Sure, now he's dead

It makes me just see red

You are such a brute

To murder that old coot

You homicidal bastard, now he's really dead

Who is the knave who put him in his grave

And who needs to manage his anger?

LANCE:

My name is Lancelot

I'm big, and strong, and hot.

Occasionally I do

Some things that I should not.

ROBIN:

I want to be a knight

But I don't like to fight

I'm rather scared I may

Just simply run away

LANCE:

I'll be right with you

Robin, through and through and through

So stick with me

And I'll show you what to do

ROBIN:

We'll remain good chums

You can teach me how to dance

ROBIN & LANCE:

We're going to enlist

ROBIN

I'm Robin

LANCE

And I'm Lance

CHORUS:

Oh we're off to war

Because we're not yet dead

We will all enlist

As the Knights that Arthur led.

DAD:

I am coming too

My name will be Sir Fred

I'll be your musician

Cos I'm not yet dead

CHORUS:

Oh we're not yet dead

To Camelot we go

To enlist instead

To try and earn some dough

And so although

We should have stayed in bed

We're going off to war

Because we're not yet dead

FRED:

I am coming, too

My name will be Sir Fred

I'll be your musician

'Cause I'm not yet dead

LANCE:

To kill

I will

It gives me such a thrill

ROBIN:

To sing

And dance

And keep an eye on Lance

ALL:

We're going off to war

We'll have girlfriends by the score

DAD:

We'll be shot by Michael Moore!

ALL: Because we're not yet dead.

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Not sure how long this link will last, but this person has the entire bootlegged Spamalot production up on Youtube again, in many parts. Here is the first, and you can get to the others from there.

BEWARE those who do not want to be spoiled, DON'T CLICK! :lilredani:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lktSj21zY6c...feature=related

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Putting this here because I think it got lost on main amidst the lastest interview brouhaha. On this year's Stars On Ice tour, Todd Eldredge (same guy who skated to AIW in Vegas) is apparently skating to Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from the Spamalot soundtrack. This file is from the ABC broadcast that was shown on Dec. 30th 2007:

http://www.mediafire.com/?72t4ujyigu2

It's funny and quite out of character for Todd. Hmmmm, who knows, maybe Clay recommended the music to him? :P

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