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Theater talk. Eric Idle on Spamalot

Author: Eric Idle; Michael Riedel; Susan Haskins; Adam Walker; Theater Talk Productions.
Publisher: New York, ©2005.
Series: Theater talk
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
Database:WorldCat
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Eric Idle, founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, discusses the new Broadway musical Spamalot, based on the 1974 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Idle, who wrote the book and lyrics for the show and also collaborated on the score, discusses the process of adapting the film to the stage with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, and analyzes the Monty Python style of comedy. He also looks back at
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Talk shows
Television
Named Person: Eric Idle; John Du Prez; Stephen Flaherty; Christina Applegate; Cy Coleman; Barry Weissler
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Idle; Michael Riedel; Susan Haskins; Adam Walker; Theater Talk Productions.
OCLC Number: 299169985
Notes: Credits at end of tape.
This is Episode # 1116 of Theater Talk.
Cast: Interviewers: Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins.
Event notes: Videotaped in the CUNY-TV studios at the Graduate School & University Center/CUNY, New York, N.Y., March 18, 2005.
Description: 1 videodisc (27 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD).
Series Title: Theater talk
Responsibility: [produced by] Susan Haskins, Theater Talk Productions, Inc. ; director, Adam Walker.

Abstract:

Eric Idle, founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, discusses the new Broadway musical Spamalot, based on the 1974 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Idle, who wrote the book and lyrics for the show and also collaborated on the score, discusses the process of adapting the film to the stage with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, and analyzes the Monty Python style of comedy. He also looks back at an earlier musical with which he was involved, Seussical, and explores possible reasons why the show was not a success on Broadway.

In a second segment, co-hosts Riedel and Haskins discuss the recent problems of Christina Applegate and the revival of the 1966 Cy Coleman musical Sweet Charity. Applegate, who broke her foot during a performance of the show in Chicago, was almost replaced in the title role but persuaded producer Barry Weissler to keep her in the lead. Includes a brief clip of rehearsal footage.

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