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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:24 pm 
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Idle's Messiah is Spamalot sequel

Former Monty Python star Eric Idle is to follow up his smash hit musical Spamalot with an oratorio based on the comedy troupe's Life Of Brian film.


Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) will premiere at the Luminato festival in Toronto, Canada in June.

Commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, it will be conducted by Idle's cousin, Peter Oundjian.

The Life Of Brian was condemned as blasphemous in 1979, prompting some local councils in the UK to ban it.

It tells the story of Brian Cohen, a young man born on the same night and the same street as Jesus Christ.

The Pythons have always insisted it was a satire on the excesses of organised religion, but many Christians felt it was a direct attack on the church.

Film fans embraced it, however, and it was named the greatest comedy film of all time in a 2006 poll for Channel 4.

It is not known whether Idle's musical interpretation of the film will include the chart-topping song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, which closes the movie.

The song is already featured in Spamalot, which is based on Python's Holy Grail film.

Written by Idle and composer John DuPrez, the musical has won three Tony awards and took $1m (£534,000) in a week when it opened on Broadway in 2005.

The duo will collaborate again on the Messiah musical, but neither will reveal further details.

"I promise it will be funnier than Handel, although probably not as good," Idle told film trade paper Variety.

Toronto's Luminato festival is a new event which promises to "showcase local, regional and international artists, playwrights and film-makers".

Running from 1-10 June, the festival will also host the world premiere of composer Philip Glass's Book of Longing, a concert piece based on poems by Leonard Cohen.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6362779.stm

YAY!!!

Now how to get to Canada with no money...

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Seems an odd place to have the premiere. Oh well im still waiting for Spamalot down here.

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Idle seems to have dug himself into a hole there with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. It's such an iconic part of Life of Brian but has already been used in Spamalot...hmmm...

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probably be years before it gets down here...

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Lion_Tamer wrote:
Idle seems to have dug himself into a hole there with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. It's such an iconic part of Life of Brian but has already been used in Spamalot...hmmm...


Yeah, you're right. I think it will probably be re-used though since I don't think anyone would care about that.

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I'm still waiting for Spamalot here :x

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Shauny wrote:
I'm still waiting for Spamalot here :x


I don't think I'm ever going to see it since I live in Holland :(.

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I live further away from London than you

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Shauny wrote:
I live further away from London than you


Yes I know, but I don't think I'll ever have enough money for a trip etc. but I hope you'll see it soon!

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Yannick_Joker wrote:
Shauny wrote:
I live further away from London than you


Yes I know, but I don't think I'll ever have enough money for a trip etc. but I hope you'll see it soon!

well a few years ago Holy Grail was in theathres here in Hungary but it wasn't this oficcial one

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Spamalot comes to OZ. *dances for joy*

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I wonder if Eric will get around to doing a musical of Douglas Adams (and JL's) 'Meaning Of Liff'. Or maybe it will be a dittisham.


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