“Monty Python’s Spamalot” returned July 8 to the place where the musical began — Los Angeles. According to Eric Idle, who wrote the book and lyrics and co-wrote the music with John Du Prez, the tuner was written in “garages in Sylmar.”
“This is L.A. theater,” Idle said at the rooftop after-party at the Standard in downtown Los Angeles following the show’s bow at the Ahmanson Theater. “We are L.A. writers; we are very proud of that. New York, if they have any more revivals, they’ll have to call it Old York. We are doing new theater.”
Idle rejected following the trend of making bigscreen versions of musicals based on films.
“Turn it back into a bad movie? No. Not until I know for sure that it will be better or different.”