Idle adds an orchestra to comedy

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — In Eric Idle’s world, a leaf blower is part of the orchestra.

The Monty Python star and "Spamalot" writer is bringing his silliness back to the stage with "Not the Messiah," a musical comedy hodgepodge that features a full orchestra and the occasional leaf blower.

"Musically we’ve put it in," Idle said.

Idle and composer-conductor John Du Prez are bringing the show stateside for a limited run.


"Not the Messiah" gives a musical stage treatment to "Life of Brian" the way "Spamalot" did for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

"In many ways, ‘Spamalot’ made it possible for us to do this sort of thing," Idle said. "People take us seriously that we’ll put it on, but also it means that we’re not so obsessed, we don’t have to make a fortune out of it, we can just make it work for its own cost."

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