On Not the Messiah

First Spamalot. Now Not the Messiah. Eric Idle is bringing a classic Monty Python film, The Life of Brian to a new stage: “the comic oratorio”: “Provisionally titled Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), in a nod both to Handel and one of the film’s best-known lines, the project will be Idle’s second Python musical.”

Exactly what the project is isn’t clear–the article at the Times calls it an “oratorio” and a “musical” at various points. Frankly, I’d rather see the former than the latter.

I wonder if Idle could secure the involvement of George Lazenby, the Pythons’ original choice to play Jesus in The Life of Brian. (The joke here is their intended tagline for the film was “George Lazenby is Jesus Christ!” I can’t type that without giggling.)

Not the Messiah will debut in Toronto this summer.

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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