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Just say ‘Ni!’ to ‘Spamalot’ at Super Summer Theatre

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Spamalot—seen here when it played at the Wynn Las Vegas in 2008—is here to kick off Super Summer Theatre’s season.
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There have been few films funnier than Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and there have been few Broadway musicals that have been as successful—or critically lauded—as Spamalot, an adaptation of that 1975 cult favorite. And for a few weeks this month, you can both escape the oppressive Vegas heat and spend a few hours laughing at a killer rabbit, shrubbery and a lively discussion about swallows and coconuts when Spamalot comes to Super Summer Theatre. It’s a curious hybrid of the humor the Pythons are now legendary for and Broadway melodies, some of which poke fun at the very notion of Broadway itself. (My personal favorite is “The Song That Goes Like This,” a hilarious dissection of a typical Broadway tune.) Spamalot is able to accomplish that rare feat of celebrating everything that’s great about Broadway while eviscerating everything that’s terrible about it, but then again, what would you expect from the masters of the irreverent? And with the inclusion of songs like “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Life of Brian, there’s a good chance you’ll be singing along. I know I will.

Monty Python's Spamalot June 12-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., $13-$20, Super Summer Theatre, Spring Mountain Ranch.

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