Monty Python’s Spamalot Wins Tony Award

Eric Idle’s “Monty Python’s Spamalot” won the Tony for best musical last night.

‘Spamalot,’ ‘Doubt’ Top Tony Awards (WaPo, C1)

A play about a priest’s suspicious fondness for boys and a musical in which adults behave like overgrown kids carried off the top prizes last night at the 59th Tony Awards, Broadway’s annual celebration of the season’s best.

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In the more vigorously contested race for best musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” proved the most popular choice among the 750 producers, theater professionals and journalists who vote for the Tonys. Eric Idle’s lively adaptation of the British comedy group’s 1975 movie, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” also won Tonys for Mike Nichols’s direction and Sara Ramirez’s supporting performance as an operatically comic Lady of the Lake. The other musicals in contention were “The Light in the Piazza,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The wry Nichols addressed the losers in his and other categories with what he called his motto. “Cheer up,” he said. “Life isn’t everything.”

Now there’s a case of always looking on the bright side of life.

I haven’t yet seem Spamalot but plan to over the summer. I’ve never watched the Tonys and tend not to care much about award shows of any sort but enjoyed most of the Monty Python films and reruns of the Flying Circus television program.

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