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'Spamalot' hits Bowl with star-filled cast and a joke rewritten for a changed society

'Spamalot' hits Bowl with star-filled cast and a joke rewritten for a changed society

The quest for the Holy Grail never ends. A decade ago when the "Spamalot" became a Broadway sensation, a scene about the marriage of two male characters was capped off with a sharp jab at societal intolerance. Just think, says one character after the wedding, in a thousand years this will still be controversial. Lately, the joke has lost some of its muscle, says Eric Idle, the writer and force behind the celebrated musical comedy that comes to the Hollywood Bowl on Friday for a three-night run. Attitudes have changed, and so must his play. SIGN UP for the free Classic Hollywood newsletter >>  "We used to get a big laugh out of it," said Idle, sitting in...

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