In one of the most unusual publicity stunts in recent Broadway history, Monty Python’s Spamalot celebrated its first anniversary on Broadway with a giant clop-clop by setting the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra.”
Approximately 1,199 fans packed Shubert Alley on Wednesday afternoon March 22 to bang complimentary pairs of coconut halves together to the tune of the familiar Monty Python anthem “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
“It was amazing to see like 1,200 people with coconuts above their heads,” Spamalot cast member Christopher Sieber told Playbill.com. Sieber personally conducted the symphonic experience with fellow cast member Michael McGrath. “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.”
Guinness World Record Official Stuart Claxton was on hand to certify that the world record had officially been set. Final confirmation of the official number will occur at a later date.