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News Tony Award in Tow, Now Sara Ramirez's Diva Laments Less in Spamalot When Monty Python's Spamalot star Sara Ramirez won the Tony Award for her turn in the 2005 Best Musical, she inadvertently upstaged her Lady of the Lake character.
Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez Photo by Aubrey Reuben

In her big second act showstopper — literally, her character breaks the fourth wall to stop the show — Ramirez as the Lady of the Lake sings "The Diva's Lament" which begins with the song's general theme: "What ever happened to my part?"

During the second verse, penned by Eric Idle and his collaborator John Du Prez, the lyrics continue: "I am sick of my career/ always stuck in second gear/ up to here/ with frustration and with tears./ I've no Grammy, no rewards/ I've no Tony Awards/ I'm constantly replaced by Britney Spears."

The actress who returned to the role earlier this week following a brief absence due to illness (which she alluded to in her Tony Award speech: "I'd like to thank--oh Good Lord, Claritin, and all of my doctors."), now sings a different tune. The line in which she refers to never winning has been officially changed to "My Tony Awards won't keep me out of Betty Ford's," according to a production spokesperson.

Ramirez comes to her new lead role having performed on Broadway in A Class Act, Fascinating Rhythm and The Capeman. She also appeared in the benefit concert of Dreamgirls and on television in "Hotel Project," "Baseball Wives," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order: SVU," "Third Watch," and "Spin City." Her official website is online at

The self-proclaimed "lovingly ripped-off" show features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which he co-wrote with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The new score with music and lyrics by Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda") also includes songs ("Brave Sir Robin" and "Knights of the Round Table") from the original film as well as Python signature "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.

For more information, visit the show website at

Sara Ramirez in <i>Monty Python's Spamalot</i>
Sara Ramirez in Monty Python's Spamalot Photo by Joan Marcus

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