Eric Idle's Not The Messiah

December 10, 2014 9:56 PM

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No, no, no. Of course he's not the Messiah. That contraction would be grammatically incorrect, anyway. Rather, we're speaking of his - meaning "Idle's" in the possessive form - Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) that has played to sold-out audiences around the world since 2007, and will have its New York City premiere next week at Carnegie Hall. But, see how confusing this all can be? Not unlike the film "Monty Python's Life of Brian", for which Idle both coauthored and costarred with his fellow famed Python cohorts about Jesus' next door manger neighbor - who himself is also mistaken for the Messiah. So, it's no surprise that this famed performer, fresh off the success of Broadway's Spamalot (a stage musical version of another classic film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"), sought for continued confusion with a comedic oratorio. Fans, rejoice!

I caught up with this comedic genius last week who shared insight on this exciting new production, written with John Du Prez (Spamalot), which will feature the Collegiate Chorale alongside Idle and Broadway performers Victoria Clark (Light in the Piazza, Cinderella), Marc Kudisch (Assassins, The App...

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