The musical comedy “Spamalot” runs through Sunday, June 14 at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale SW. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is also a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 performance. Tickets are $24 for the general public, $22 for seniors, $14 for students and $12 for children in advance at http://www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org, at the ALT box office, by calling 242-4750 ext. 2 or, if available, at the door.
ADVISORY: Sexual references and gestures
Review by David Steinberg
Wondering how to light up your evening?
Try two hours of Tony Award-winning “Spamalot.”
Not only will the Albuquerque Little Theatre production of the musical comedy brighten your night but it will also lighten your load.
The show is a hilarious, tightly packaged satire on an unbelievable array of subjects.
Though snappy, clever dialogue, one-liners and song, the show makes fun of pop singers, Broadway divas, Vegas chivalry, the French, heroes, musical theater, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and his search for the legendary chalice from the Last Supper.
What’s quite amazing is that it works on ALT’s small stage and with a talented cast of 20. Many of the cast members must make quick costume changes because of quick role changes in equally quick scene transitions.
Perhaps the most memorable of the actors in multiple roles is Logan Scott Mitchell.
Mitchell first appears as Not Dead Fred. The character, presumed dead, is being dump onto a cart piled with dead bodies. Mitchell/Fred resists, leading in the singing of “I Am Not Dead Yet.”
Mitchell changes to the character of the mother of Dennis Galahad, (Benjamin Smith) soon to be Sir Galahad. He achieves knighthood thanks to the magical, sexual powers of the Lady of the Lake (Tasha X. Waters). Waters is a marvel with her over-the-top interpretations of a host of musical styles.
Late in Acti II, Mitchell reappears as Prince Herbert, who falls in love with Sir Lancelot (Nicholas Handley). Nice couple.
In other scenes, Mitchell is a member of the ensemble. Plus he’s the show’s dance captain.
He’s one of many performers ably making character changes.
Another is Art Tedesco. In the first scene, he’s the mayor of Finland (a funny riff based on a nutty misunderstanding of countries), then he’s the French taunter (a laugh-filled routine) and Prince Herbert’s disappointed father.
Other noteworthy knights are Dehron Foster as Sir Robin and William Dudeck as Sir Bedevere.
Needless to say, the earnest King Arthur (Joshua Terrazas) doesn’t quite get the respect he demands nor the heroism from the knights he recruits.
Everyone performer in the cast – and those unseen backstage – contribute to the value and the vigor of this production.
Among the unseen designers are Jaime Pardo (costumes), Vic Browder (sets), Nina Dorrance (props) and Ryan Jason Cook (lighting).
Henry Avery is director, Shelly Andes musical director and Peter Bennett choreographer.
The stage show was inspired by the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Eric Idle, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, wrote the book and the lyrics for “Spamalot.”