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Monty Python musical 'Spamalot' comes to Columbus' RiverCenter May 4-5

"We dine well here in Camelot; we eat ham and jam and spamalot."

That's a line from a song in the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" about Camelot, a place King Arthur and his knights decide not to visit because "it is a silly place."

Columbus' RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will be a silly place starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5, as the Tony Award winning musical derived from the comedy film comes to town.

Tickets ranging $39.50-$49.50 go on sale Monday. Go to www.rivercenter.org, call 1-888-332-5200, or visit the box office there 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Spamalot's based on the movie screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by Idle and John Du Prez.

"Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight," says the RiverCenter, which of Idle adds:

"Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, 'Pass the Butler'; three novels, including 'The Road to Mars,' 'The Rutles -- A Mockumentary,' and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000-mile journey by bus was recently published by Harper Collins, and his long awaited sequel 'The Rutles2: Can't Buy Me Lunch' was released by Warner Video in March."

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