This is another show that is somewhat lacking as a composition, but still plays quite well in performance. The show’s main problem is that it’s a fairly conventional, even derivative show (yet another influenced by The Producers) that’s based on a movie whose greatest virtue was its sheer unpredictable insanity. Also, the score has a few good things in it…particularly the showstoppers “The Song That Goes Like This”, “You Won’t Succeed On Broadway”, and “Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part)”…but too much of the material sounds either like commercial jingles or sung dialogue from a sung-through show. Also, the interpolated “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” is used unironically here, and lacks the emotional weight it had in its original use in Life of Brian. However, the dialogue taken from the original film gained a new freshness when delivered live on stage, and the show draws its audience in so that, in spite of its conventional construction, it feels less like a traditional musical than a theater-wide celebration of Python fandom. When combined with a cast with sufficient panache, this makes for an oddly irresistible theater experience, and while this show didn’t really deserve its Tony (it was, in fact, the weakest of the four shows nominated that year), I can see why it became the Broadway fixture that it did.