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Disney’s Aladdin at DPAC Is a Sumptuous, Color-Saturated Confection of a Show

To steal a line from Aladdin, “Do you trust me?” Then trust me when I say, “Open a new tab and either buy tickets to this candy-colored feast-for-the-senses or sign up for the $25-per-ticket digital lottery and hope you get a chance to see this absolutely gorgeous show during its four-week run at the Durham… Read More ›

DPAC’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin Is a True “Magic Carpet Ride”

In 1992, the animated film Aladdin became a smash hit for Disney. Then, in 2011, it made its way onto Broadway in the form of a musical. And, proving that the story is still very much alive, it was made into a live-action film just this year. DPAC has chosen to take the musical version,… Read More ›

Chivalry Be Damned: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” Savagely Satirizes King Arthur and His Knights

Like rude boys hijacking their high school history class and goring every sacred cow of the Arthurian Legend, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” blows raspberries at good King Arthur, his heroic Knights of the Round Table, and his mythic capital Camelot, much to the delight of Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre patrons who awarded Tuesday’s opening-night performance with a vigorous — and well-deserved — standing ovation.

"Monty Python's Spamalot" will return to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 12-17 (photo by Scott Suchman)

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” Gleefully Lampoons King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and Camelot

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will co-host the Triangle return of Stephen B. Kane, Michael McFadden, and Phoenix Entertainment’s national tour of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” which won the 2005 Tony Award® for Best Musical, on Feb. 12-17 in 2,277-seat Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. “Spamalot” applies the patented stream-of-consciousness sketch-comedy technique — and sublime silliness — of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-83) to debunking the legends of noble King Arthur and his heroic Knights of the Round Table and their brave but ultimately futile search for the Holy Grail.

The cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" includes (from left) Martin Glyer as Sir Robin, Adam Grabau as Sir Lancelot, Jacob L. Smith as Sir Dennis Galahad, Matt Ban as Sir Bedevere, and Steve McCoy as King Arthur (photo by Scott Suchman 2010)

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” Is Sublimely Silly

The sublime silliness of the Brit twits of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-83) is on display this week at the Durham Performing Arts Center in the form of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” The light and lively national tour of the iconoclastic 2005 Broadway musical gleefully skewers chivalry by transforming the principal characters of the Arthurian legend into a bunch of clueless wankers flailing away at each other on the pestilent dung heap that was medieval England, circa 932 A.D.