The Associated Press reports that a reference to the much-in-the-news Britney Spears has been removed from the song "Diva's Lament," which is performed by the Lady of the Lake.
About the change, Spamalot co-creator Eric Idle had this to say to AP via e-mail: "Because we don't laugh at sad people. Mike Nichols (the show's director) requested it and he's right. We changed the lyrics in London, on tour, on Broadway and in Las Vegas. We think that it's now too sad. Britney Spears is being tortured to death and we don't want to be on that side."
The original lyric stated: "I am sick of my career/ Always stuck in second gear/ Up to here with frustration and with fears/ I've no Grammy no rewards/ I've no Tony Awards/ I'm constantly replaced by Britney Spears/ Britney Spears!" The revised lyric follows: "My love life is a mess/ I've got constant PMS/ My career is about as hot as ice/ They hate me there backstage/ They say I'm too old for my age/ They're trying to replace me with Posh Spice/ With Posh Spice!"
West End leading lady Hannah Waddingham is currently playing Lady of the Lake on Broadway.
* Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directed and Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone) choreographed the show that was inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
The musical tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God for the Holy Grail - with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.
Spamalot earned the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and took home honors for direction (Mike Nichols) and one of its stars (Sara Ramirez). The musical still plays on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre and currently enjoys runs in London, Las Vegas and a national tour. An Australian production opened in Melbourne in November.
For information on all Spamalot incarnations, visit montypythonsspamalot.com.