In their collegiate midnight movie classic, a not-so-brave king and his not-too-bright knights clip-clopped across the countryside, secretly hoping that most wouldn't notice their lack of horses (but abundance of coconut shells). Instead of being challenged by giants, monsters and witches, this crew is menaced by rude French guards, flying cattle and a bunch of twerps shrieking "Ni!" And, of course, a bunny.
Twoscore minus four years later, and the material's not dead yet—to say the least. The Broadway production of Eric Idle and John Du Prez's musical adaptation took the Tony for best musical in 2005 and featured Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce—and, at one juncture, Clay Aiken. If the current touring production doesn't have that kind of star power, reports from the road describe an energetic show more than capable of sending a farce that ably skewers musical theater and pop culture conventions over the top—almost like a herd of airborne cows. —Byron Woods