Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Monty Python's Spamalot at Comerica Theatre. For $29, you get one G-Pass for floor-level seating in rows 22–28 of sections 2–6 on Thursday, April 4, at 8 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
“Lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 comedy milestone Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot spins the fractured fairy tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table’s absurdist quest to claim the most hallowed chalice of medieval times. Before their joke-strewn journey concludes, the knights must first overcome a slew of silly obstacles, including cows, the sirens of Castle Anthrax, other knights who say “Ni!,” and one bloodthirsty rabbit. Amid clever one-liners and flashy costumes, whimsical songs send feet and coconuts a-tapping, from familiar Python movie tunes such as "Knights of the Round Table" and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" to melodies specific to the musical, including "The Song That Goes Like This."
With a book by Monty Python’s own Eric Idle, a jaunty score by John Du Prez (who also scored The Meaning of Life), and direction by Hollywood and comedy legend Mike Nichols, Spamalot snagged the Tony Award for Best Musical on its 2005 debut. Now the widely lauded production, hailed as "a no-holds-barred smash hit" by the New Yorker, continues its conquest with an official touring cast of Broadway-bound ringers. The ensemble includes Arthur Rowan, who returns to the role of King Arthur with veteran renaissance-fair flair, and Glenn Giron, who draws from his classical ballet training for the coconut-clacking role of Patsy.
“We're knights of the round table/We dance when e're we're able/ We do routines and chorus scenes/With footwork impeccable/ We dine well here in Camelot/We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.”
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Clean angles and an uncluttered aesthetic give the auditorium at Comerica Theatre a refreshing air of minimalism. No columns, chandeliers, or giant neon cowboys distract from the stage, which has hosted such celebrities as Harry Connick Jr., Jerry Seinfeld, George Lopez, and the Blue Collar comedians. Thanks to the facility’s state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities, the stage can be reconfigured to suit everything from arena concerts to standup comedy and ballet performances.