2007 Media Release - Not the Messiah
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Issued Tuesday, 30 October 2007
ANDREW KAY, DAVID VIGO AND SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENT
ERIC IDLE STARRING IN NOT THE MESSIAH (HE’S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY)
A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian
Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez
Conducted by John Du Prez
With symphony orchestra, Cantillation Choir, 5 soloists, 4 bagpipers and some sheep…
Hallelujah, Brian has risen! Move over Handel, the team that unleashed Spamalot on an unsuspecting public has combined to give Monty Python’s Life of Brian the Messiah treatment. For one night only, on Sunday 9 December, join Monty Python superstar Eric Idle, collaborator John Du Prez and a cast of thousands – well, use your imagination – in this triumphant re-telling of the legendary film.
Be inspired - and maybe a little aroused - by Hail to the Shoe. Why not drink in the Christmas spirit with a rousing sing-a-long finale of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life? Expect pop, Welsh hymns, country and western, hip hop, Broadway, Greek chorus, Bob Dylan and choral sex with Eric Idle as the baritone-ish soloist and narrator.
It’s a night of baroque n’ roll on a grand scale, with a very full orchestra, the Cantillation massed choir, bagpipers and classical soloists, all hosted by the Python frontman… and some sheep. Watch in awe as Idle re-creates some of his best known roles from Life of Brian including Mr Cheeky, the man in the crowd who asked if Mandy is a virgin, and the lead singer, Crucifixee. Marvel at the recreation of musical hits such as the rousing O God You Are So Big, the poignant Woe Woe Woe, the petulant What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us and the final The Final Song.
But whatever you do, don’t expect anything serious. Please.
“Shorter than Handel, funnier than Handel, but obviously not as good theologically.” Eric Idle
Performance Details: Not the Messiah
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Dates: Sunday 9 December
Tickets: from $55
Bookings: +61 29250 7777