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
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!