“Spamalot” Continues to Shine: A Timeless Revival Hits the High NotesNovember 17, 2023
This Broadway revival of Eric Idle’s “Spamalot” is an out-of-body experience. The humor is risky, satirical, and timeless, much like Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” The musical still maintains its absurd charm even though some classic scenes are not as well-known to today’s audience. The revival could benefit from a deeper dive into the Python aesthetic while still showcasing Idle’s comedic genius. The cast brings energy to the production, but the use of computer animation in the set design may detract from the show’s analog charm. Despite some flaws, “Spamalot” remains a must-see for fans of the original, with standout performances from Christopher Fitzgerald, Michael Urie, and Ethan Slater. The revival’s modest scale may ensure its longevity on Broadway and is a fitting tribute to Idle’s enduring comic legacy.