Events — June 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’: Great entertainment in the great outdoors


See the first metro Detroit production of the hit musical in the most congenial spot: Cranbrook’s outdoor Greek Theatre.

Are you a fan of knights who sing and dance a lot? How about sublime silliness? Then get thee to St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook the next two weekends to see Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Just watch out for the killer rabbits.

A musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this winner of three Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. King Arthur hanging out with the Laker Girls gives you a pretty good idea.

“From the very first rehearsal, we’ve been laughing ourselves silly,” says the show’s director, Duncan Mein. “So far, audiences are doing the same.”

With book and lyrics by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, and music by Eric Idle along with John Du Prez and Neil Innes (both Monty Python collaborators), how can you go wrong? Especially when you’re being entertained by zany comedy and catchy song-and-dance numbers in Cranbrook’s outdoor Greek Theatre.

One of only a handful of authentic Greek-style theaters in the United States, the Greek Theatre is a hidden gem unfamiliar to many metro Detroiters — just like St. Dunstan’s. Let’s change that and support the local arts.

Organized in 1932, St. Dunstan’s is an independent, non-profit organization that has nothing to do with religion. They just happen to be named for the patron saint of the arts and are a hard-working group of volunteers dedicated to producing professional-quality theater. With a stellar cast, show-stopping production numbers and more than 500 custom-created costumes, word on the street is that SPAMALOT is no exception.

If you’ve never seen a show in what’s affectionately known as “the Greek,” SPAMALOT is your chance to check out something completely different. Plus, with tickets selling for just $22 each for adults and $20 each for students and seniors, you won’t find a better bang for your entertainment buck.

Performances are June 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15 at 8:30 p.m. For more details or to order tickets, visit the St. Dunstan’s website or call 1.888.71.TICKETS.