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A chat with Spamalot's creator

SPAMALOT! creator, Eric Idle.
SPAMALOT! creator, Eric Idle.
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There are castles in Los Angeles, and while the water feature outside the Ahmanson Theatre doesn’t quite qualify as a moat, it does lead to the castle on stage. Spamalot is derived from Monty Python’s The Search for the Holy Grail. The musical follows King Arthur, played by John O’Hurley, as he looks for his holy grail.

KPCC’s Steve Julian recently met with the show’s creator and original Monty Pythoner, Eric Idle, and John O’Hurley, who compared the musical to a famous NBC sitcom.