Enjoy Drinks from the Intermezzo Bar with Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 4, 2013

In London’s West End Theatre District, when you purchase your ticket for the theatre, you can also at that time purchase a beverage (be it whatever you like — tea, coffee, soda, wine, scotch, brandy or any combination), which will be waiting for you in the “crush bar” at the interval (intermission).

Our crush bar, called the “Intermezzo Bar,” is located right across the street at Edward’s. Your beverage of choice will be waiting for you at the end of Act I, and you have all of intermission to make your way across the street and enjoy it there. (You can’t bring it back with you — sorry.) Our signature drinks for Spamalot include “The Laker Girl” (vodka, rum, gin, triple sec), “The Black Knight” (vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec) and “The Lancelot” (cherry vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice).

I often think of what Tennessee Williams has Blanche DuBois say in A Streetcar Named Desire: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” We in the arts are by many considered strange — for how few of us are given the pleasure of doing a job which, to us, is not work, but joy? That joy may never make us rich (think of van Gogh), but we are happy in doing it.

This cannot be said about the artists who so graciously gave their art to help us succeed with this year’s Gala art auction, for they are not only well-known locally or in Nashville and its environs, but many are also known across the country — and some even around the world. Their work garners high prices as well as high praise. The Roxy’s auction is a bargain sale, compared to what they usually receive.

Deep gratitude goes to this year’s artists for their donations: Mike Andrews, Kim Balevre, piper db bell, Peggy Bonnington, Olen Bryant, Susan Bryant, Clarksville Family Magazine, Jim Diehr, Mike Fink, Leah Foote, Bob Gandy, Gerald Gilman, Alan Goldstein, Lynne Waters Griffey, Jim Hancock, Richard Hogan, Heidi Hopkins, H.N. James, Lisa Kemmer, Suta Lee, Frank Lott, David Magers, Cindy Marsh, Jerry Martelli, Larry Martin, Gail Meyer, Shane Moore, Judy Morgan, Beverly Parker, Bob Privett, Lorilee Rager, Billy Renkl, David E. Smith, Ray Szczepaniak, Dorothy Thomason, Lou Toth, Steven M. Walker, and Greg Williamson.

I would be amiss if I did not mention that “Live from the Met” continues, thankfully, this season at the Regal Cinema (formerly Great Escape), beginning at 11:55am on Saturday, October 5, with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. For me, there is nothing better than spending a Saturday afternoon in the dark with a large diet soda, eating popcorn and hearing glorious music.

Our 31st season opener, Spamalot, is a big, funny and lush musical treat. This musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” continues Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm, through October 19.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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