by Hans ten Cate (from the official press release; thanks to Aaron Meier of Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Inc. )
Tuesday, 21 March 2006

Fans can join the cast of Spamalot to set a world record for World's Largest Coconut Orchestra - March 22

Monty Python's Spamalot to Taunt Guinness World Records™,” the March 17 press release reads. In honor of the first anniversary of the Broadway show, the cast and crew of Spamalot will invite fans and audience members to celebrate with the World's Largest Coconut Orchestra this Wednesday.

Following the matinee performance on Wednesday, March 22, any peasant or serf willing to join the quest is invited to gather in Shubert Alley (located between West 44th and West 45th Streets between Broadway and 8th Avenue), to go for the Guinness World Record™ for the “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra.”

Ticket holders for the Wednesday, March 22 matinee of Monty Python's Spamalot will automatically participate in this record-setting event. After filling out an extremely brief registration form, each ticket holder will receive a pair of complimentary coconuts upon exiting the theatre. Soon after the curtain comes down at 4:20pm the audience, coconuts in hand, will be led into Shubert Alley, where Michael McGrath (who plays "Patsy," the coconut-playing sidekick to King Arthur) will lead the crowd in a lesson on the art of coconut playing. After a brief rehearsal, the Shubert Alley crowd will be led in a performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," where they will clop coconuts in the place the song's whistles.

Plenty of additional free coconuts will be on hand for people who wish to participate in this record setting event, but do not have tickets for the 3/22 matinee. These specially designed, record-setting coconuts are sure to become collectors' items. Guinness Book of Records' Stuart Claxton, head of US Research, will serve as the official judge of the event.

How to Join the Quest
Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in this record-setting event.

  • 3:45 PM Event registration begins in Shubert Alley. In order to receive your free commemorative coconuts, participants must first complete a painfully brief registration form
  • 4:30 PM Event scheduled to begin
  • 4:45 PM The record will be confirmed by Guinness officials. All are free to run away, in a calm and orderly fashion