After Oratorio, Spamalot Creators Idle and Du Prez Consider Doing Ballet

Classic Arts News   After Oratorio, Spamalot Creators Idle and Du Prez Consider Doing Ballet
 
Comedian Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez, creators of Spamalot, are at work on a new ballet, according to New York magazine.

Last month, the pair debuted their oratorio Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), based on the film Monty Pynthon's Life of Brian, at the inaugural Luminato festival in Toronto. The performance, which Idle said would be "funnier than Handel, though not as good," featured himself as the narrator, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, vocal soloists and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir led by Peter Oundjian (who is Idle's first cousin).

"John and I are always interested in doing something nobody wants, so that [ballet] seemed to be the natural thing," he told New York about the new project. "It's perfect."

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