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Monty Python’s Spamalot Lacks Sense But You'll Crazy Love It Anyway



If all the bad vibes that welcomed the dry season- abusive Grab rate, Boracay closure, and even the Facebook chain message, were part of a curse, a play with a funny title could be the antidote we've been craving for.

Monty Python’s Spamalot, they call it. The title actually sounds delicious to me; the pleasure you get from the play is like the taste of both Spam and Balot (that's my silly theory why it was called that way).

During the play’s press preview on April 12, 2018 at the Globe Auditorium in Maybank Performing Arts Theater BGC, it literally had me forget how stressful it is to explain to clients about the new policy on real estate Value Added Tax (VAT).

The musical comedy follows the adventure of King Arthur, played by Lorenz Martines,  and his Knights of the Round Table in search for the effin' Holy Grail. 


GUILTY OF "WALANG KATUTURAN" PLEASURE 

Monty Python’s Spamalot is like a Vice Ganda movie. It is a perfect stress reliever, a show for people who do not want to put too much thinking into what they are seeing.

Rachel Alejandro and Carla Guevara- Laforteza, who are cast as “Lady of the Lake” but it was the latter who played the part during the preview, share the same opinion on the show: "walang katuturan".

I third the motion. 

The real deal was Laforteza’s singing showdown. She nailed it in every performance as she did signature styles of Mariah Carey, Dianna Ross, Barbra Streisand, and I think even Pilita Corales (I am not sure if bending backwards while singing is Corales's original).

According to Joel Trinidad, the director, the part where Laforteza did a chant from Lion King cannot be found in the original script but rather her own twist. She also gladly added an impression from the Greatest Showman's Jenny Lind that even made the audience laugh louder although it only happened very quickly.

Trinidad  said Alejandro will also give her own version, and I think that is what everyone should check out. The last time I was fascinated with her vocals was when I watched "The Portrait." 


WHERE'S THE HOLY GRAIL?

If you are a fan of classics like Phantom of the Opera, the instant thing you do at the start of the show is to make a very feeling-intelligent guess on where the Holy Grail was.

However at the end of the show, you will end up cursing yourself for being too irrelevantly smart. 

Melai Campos, my accountant friend who was with me during the show and helped me book a Grab ride afterwards, admitted she was not familiar with King Arthur’s story but realized the show does not ask any stock knowledge in World History.

The two-act play was worked on by Upstart Productions in 10 rehearsals, and everything was delivered despite the main challenge- don't laugh at your lines! The actors said it was a tough job that they had to impose monetary penalties on whoever laughs during the rehearsals.

How about their British accent? It was spectacularly fun wondering how they perfected their Queen Elizabeth accent.

I honestly had a terrible time catching up during the part where the actors had to speak in French accent. Everyone was laughing while I was left in the corner asking myself what the hell was it all about.

When I felt I was cheated by the show's French accent, I remember the time I was inside a McDonald's store in Japan where I dumbly could not understand what the waiter was clarifying: “hot-to coffee?”. She meant "hot coffee" while my mind was kilometers away thinking she was referring to a coffee brand.

The Filipino Elements

In the original show, the characters would be in need of a Jew. However as its director pointed out, this would not work on the Filipino audience which I totally agree.

I thought he would replace Jew with Bisaya or Bakla because I think these two are a perfect alternative. Nevertheless, the audience burst to laughter when King Arthur had his American boy pronunciation of "Taguig". 

My favorite Filipino element add-on is the mention of Lea Salonga. However I think mentioning Christian Bautista and Jed Madela who were part of the audience that night could also get the same reaction.

So what is the show all about? It's all about looking into the bright side of life. There is actually one deep "hugot" in the show- when you are talking to someone saying you are alone but you did not realize that you have that person you're talking to. It's deep, isn't it? 



The show was pure happiness, pure good vibes. What's making me laugh now- two days after the show- is the image of Mrs. Galahad fixing her boobs.

Buy tickets to know why Mrs. Galahad is my ultimate favorite character (thanks to the effective portrayal of Bibo Reyes), visit TICKET WORLD now.





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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Producer: Upstart Productions Inc
Directors: Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triviño
Venue: Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater BGC

To know other exciting shows form Upstart Productions, CLICK HERE. (Photo courtesy of Upstart's FB Page).


A Marketing Communications specialist on weekdays and a life wanderer on weekends, Christian Lizardo Aligo enjoys working in the real estate industry. For more info, email him at [email protected]

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