Spamalot, the 2005 Broadway musical comedy based on the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, goes up Friday at the Farmers Alley Theatre. Starring Dirk Lumbard as King Arthur, and Jamila Sabares-Klemm as the Lady of the Lake, it's helmed by director/choreographer Stephen Brotebeck, a San Diego-based alumnus of Western Michigan University.
It's probably the biggest show ever mounted at Farmers Alley, says Brotebeck. Most of the cast acts, sings, dances, and tells jokes in multiple roles. After performing the lead in the musical drama A Man Of No Importance in June, Dirk Lumbard says he's enjoying Spamalot's broad humor and the chance to play the straight man to a series of zany characters. Both Lumbard and Brotebeck expressed great admiration for the singing of Jamila Sabares-Klemm, whose show-stopping number, "The Diva's Lament," directs her character's outrage at the show's writers over a lack of stage time. Other songs will be familiar to fans of Monty Python films, including "Knights Of The Round Table," and "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life."