GUINNESS CONFIRMS SPAMALOT WORLD RECORD
by Hans ten Cate (thanks to Aaron Meier of Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Inc.)
Thursday, 23 March 2006

Spamalot cast members, including Chris Sieber and Michael McGrath lead the crowd of 1,789 for a world record
Photo Credit: Aubrey Reuben

Guinness World Record™ officials certified today that 1,789 people had participated in the “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra” in Shubert Alley on Wednesday, March 22.

The record was set in Shubert Alley, next to the New York City theater where Spamalot is currently playing. Show patrons and visiting fans were given free coconuts and asked to clop along to a rendition of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Spamalot cast members including Tony Award nominees Christopher Sieber and Michael McGrath “conducted” the crowd that braved the cold to participate.

“It was amazing to see like 1,200 people with coconuts above their heads,” Spamalot cast member Christopher Sieber told Playbill.com. “Our producer Bill Haber has wild ideas all the time. And we figured, it’s never been done before. I thought maybe only 300 or 400 people would come.”

Christopher Sieber and Michael McGrath with the official certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records.
Photo credit: Aubrey Reuben

Guinness World Record Official Stuart Claxton was on hand to certify that the world record had officially been set. It had previously been announced that 1,199 people had participated, but after reviewing the registration forms, Guinness World Records™ increased the official number to 1,789.

Alistair Richards, Chief Operating Officer for Guinness World Records said, “Guinness World Records™ is honored to recognize Monty Python’s SPAMALOT as a new member of our record-breaking family. We congratulate the Spamalot cast on this remarkable achievement in setting the record for the ‘Largest Coconut Orchestra’ with 1,789 people on March 22, 2006.”

Fans held coconuts above their heads and clopped to the beat of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
Photo Credit: Stephen Chernin

Sources:
  1. “Cuckoo for Coconuts: Spamalot Creates a Coconut Orchestra with 1,199 Knights and Peasants,” by Matt Windman, on Playbill.com, 23 March 2006