Review: MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT at Carrollwood Cultural Center

Deborah Bostock-Kelley

TAMPA – Carrollwood Cultural Center’s SPAMALOT is an absolute riot of a musical, playfully mocking the timeless tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Crafted by the comedic minds of Eric Idle and John Du Prez, and masterfully narrated by the show Historian John Hooper, SPAMALOT draws inspiration from the iconic film. With its quirky humor, infectious melodies, and clever banter, the cast exceptionally recreates the magic of Monty Python. From God’s feet and a disembodied voice, “Stop looking up my skirt,” to a cow tossed down from the theatre balcony.

From the very beginning, the musical launches with a satirical portrayal of the dark ages in the side-splitting “Fisch Schlapping Song,” a hilarious number that sets the tone for the uproarious adventure ahead. This opening act introduces the audience to the offbeat world of SPAMALOT, where absurdity and laughter reign.

Even with the expected ludicrous nature of the production, the choreography by Devan Bittinger is incredible, the group dance numbers are fun to watch (especially the poor umbrella girl), and the cast’s vocals are exceptional.