Theater: The Knights Who Sing Ni!

PRACTICALLY EVERY successful Broadway musical these days seems to look backward in one way or another. There are musicals inspired by old rock groups (Mamma Mia), old movies (Hairspray) and old husbands of Liza Minnelli's (The Boy from Oz). So it may be no surprise that somebody decided to make a musical based on the 1975 film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But Spamalot--scheduled to open on Broadway in March--could give the tired old genre a happy jolt. The movie, after all, seems a challenge from the get-go: an unwieldy hodgepodge of slapstick, splatter film, absurdism and animation, not...

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