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A booklist for: Monty Python’s Spamalot!
Production dates: September 13-22, 2013

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production Monty Python’s Spamalot at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical adaptation and expansion of the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which keeps the songs from that medieval quest parody and adds a whole lot of additional new songs and dances. The show was written by Eric Idle, with music by Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes. In both the film and musical, King Arthur leads his Knights of the Round Table on a sacred quest to locate The Holy Grail. Of course, this being Monty Python, the Knights are not on horses but are clacking coconut shells together to make clip-clop noises, Sir Robin isn’t necessary very brave, The Lady of the Lake (who gifts Arthur with the sword Excaliber) is a vain diva, Sir Lancelot has some personal revelations to come to terms with, and The Holy Grail isn’t exactly what you expect it to be. Filled with silly, memorable music, Spamalot won the Tony Award for best musical and enjoyed a successful national tour before becoming available for local community theaters to produce.

For a much more extensive Monty Python booklist visit the following resource on BookGuide: And Now For Something Completely Different

book coverMonty Python’s Tunisian Holiday: My Lfe With Brian
by Kim Johnson [791.437 LifYj]

Here, uncensored, are the legendary Pythons in their prime. It was a period of comedy history that will never be duplicated, and Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday captures the wit, the genius, and the sheer silliness of the six men that comprised Python.

book coverThe Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America
by Eric Idle [827 Idl]

A stunningly witty exploration of the American landscape — not to mention a brilliant comic’s mind — this diary is chock-full of everything you ever wanted to know about Eric Idle, Monty Python, America, and sleeping on a bus.

spamalotMonty Python’s Spamalot: A CD lovingly ripped off from the new musical, original Broadway cast recording
by Eric Idle and John DuPrez [Compact disc 782.14 Mon]

Terribly silly lyrics included in booklet.

holygrailalbumThe Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
by Neil Innes [Compact disc 817 Mon]

Songs by Neil Innes. Originally released in 1975.

andnowforsomethingcompletelydifferentdvd-miniMonty Python’s And Now for Something Completely Different
by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin [DVD 817 Mon]

Monty Python’s first feature film, in which they perform many of their comedy skits from the television program: Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

book coverHalfway to Hollywood: Diaries, 1980 to 1988
by Michael Palin [Biography Palin]

A second volume of diaries by the Monty Python comedian traces the years during which the iconic troupe completed their final group performance before Palin segued to such productions as “A Fish Called Wanda.”

rowanatkinsonlivedvdRowan Atkinson Live!
by Rowan Atkinson [DVD 817 Atk]

If you’ve laughed at his wordless antics as the beleauguered Mr. Bean, wait’ll you hear him talk! This live 1991 Boston performance showcases Rowan Atkinson’s remarkably versatile talent as he rolls through hilarious characters and routines, including a couple that Bean fans are sure to recognize.

book coverAround the World in 80 Days
by Michael Palin [DVD 910.41 Pal]

Michael Palin takes the challenge to travel around the world in only 80 days. Traveling by air is forbidden! More of Palin’s travel documentaries are available including: Pole to Pole, Sahara, Himalaya, and Full Circle.

book coverThe Road to Mars: A Post Modem Novel
by Eric Idle [Idle]

Muscroft and Ashby are a comedy team on “The Road to Mars,” an interplanetary vaudeville circuit of the future. Accompanied by Carlton, a robot incapable of understanding irony but driven to learn the essence of humor, Alex and Lewis bumble their way into an intergalactic terrorist plot.

book coverDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
by Douglas Adams [Adams]

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently’s bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

book coverThe Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett [YA Pratchett]

There’s trouble on the Aching farm: monsters in the river, headless horsemen in the lane-and Tiffany Aching’s little brother has been stolen by the Queen of Fairies. Getting him back will require all of Tiffany’s strength and determination (as well as a sturdy skillet) and the help of the rowdy clan of fightin’, stealin’ tiny blue-skinned pictsies known as the Wee Free Men!

Grumbles From the Forest: Fairy Tale Voices With a Twist: Poems
by Jane Yolen [jP Yolen]

What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results.

book coverThe Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold
by Francesca Lia Block [YA Block]

Nine classic fairy tales set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist.

blackaddercompletedvdBlackadder: Re-Mastered
by Rowan Atkinson [DVD Blackadder]

Episodes of the comedy serial about the terminally treacherous Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias The Black Adder) following him through time and English history from the 15th century to World War I.

book coverLies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
by Ronald Koertge [YA Koertge]

Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

mpfcaudiodownloadMonty Python’s Flying Circus
by John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle [Downloadable audio book via OverDrive]

Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, was conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. It was innovative and ground-breaking comedy which inspired many of today’s writers and performers. Its sketches, songs and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different and many more. Available to download as a single sketch. Additional titles available: The Mouse Problem and Visitors.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Aug 2013 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl