Rolling Stone - No. 975, p.763 stars out of 5
- "[D]avid Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and others [belt out] spoofy and ridiculously clever tunes that don't need to be seen to be believed or enjoyed."
Composer: John Du Prez.
Composer/Lyricist: Eric Idle.
Various Artists: David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Michael McGrath, Steve Rosen, Tim Curry, Christopher Sieber, Christian Borle.
Personnel: Scott Kuney (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, ukulele); Abe Appleman, Maura Giannini, Hae Young Ham, Michael Roth , Ming Yeh, Martin Agee, Cenovia Cummins , Suzanne Ornstein (violin); Richard Brice, Lois Martin, Tom Rosenthal (viola); Diane Barere, Stephanie Cummins, Jeanne LeBlanc (cello); Kenny Dybisz (flute, piccolo, recorder, clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone); Alden Banta (clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor saxophone); John Chudoba (trumpet, piccolo trumpet); Anthony Gorruso (trumpet); Zohar Schondorf (French horn); Mark Patterson (trombone); Anthony Geralis (piano, synthesizer); Ethyl Will (keyboards); David Kuhn (acoustic bass, electric bass); Sean McDaniel (drums, percussion); David Mancuso (timpani, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Frank Filipetti; Jason Stasium.
Liner Note Author: John Du Prez.
Recording information: Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/07/2005).
Directors: Todd Ellison ; Mike Nichols .
Photographer: Larry Mah.
Arranger: Glen Kelly.
Silliness abounds on the Broadway cast recording of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, a loose adaptation of the revered (and much-quoted) film MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Penned by Python member Eric Idle (along with his musical collaborator John Du Prez), SPAMALOT follows the absurd adventures of King Arthur (Tim Curry) and his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Robin (David Hyde Pierce) and Sir Lancelot (Hank Azaria). While the production plays into the conventions of the musical, with plenty of over-the-top singing, it also subverts those cliches, most notably on the hilarious "The Song That Goes Like This," which skewers the Broadway standard of sugary-sweet romantic duets (where a couple can "overact like hell"). Throughout SPAMALOT, cheeky Python-esque humor is always on hand, so much so that the production even includes "Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life," the classic sing-along number from another favorite Python movie, LIFE OF BRIAN.