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'SPAMALOT' TAKES PITY ON 'SAD' BRITNEY

Britney Spears is out, Posh Spice is in - as a lyric for the Lady in the Lake in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot. Asked why the lyric was changed in the song Diva's Lament, Spamalot author Eric Idle said Tuesday in an e-mail: "Because we don't laugh at sad people. (Show director) Mike Nichols requested it, and he's right. We changed the lyrics in London, on tour, on Broadway and in Las Vegas. We think that it's now too sad. Britney Spears is being tortured to death, and we don't want to be on that side." The change went into effect last week; a touring company is at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 18-23.

The original version was:

I am sick of my career

Always stuck in second gear

Up to here with frustration and with fears

I've no Grammy, no rewards

I've no Tony Awards

I'm constantly replaced by Britney Spears

Britney Spears!

The new version is:

My love life is a mess

I've got constant PMS

My career is about as hot as ice

They hate me there backstage

They say I'm too old for my age

They're trying to replace me with Posh Spice

With Posh Spice!

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