Not The Messiah, With Eric Idle and Victoria Clark, Plays Carnegie Hall Tonight

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The New York premiere of Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), the comic oratorio based on Monty Python's "Life of Brian," kicks off The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 season Dec. 15-16 at Carnegie Hall.

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark Photo by Denise Winters

Not The Messiah, by Tony nominee Eric Idle and John Du Prez, is performed by Idle, Tony winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Cinderella), Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and William Ferguson with conductor/director Ted Sperling and the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the NY Metro Pipe Band.

Here's how the performance is billed: "From the creators of the hit Broadway musical Spamalot, Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a zany spoof on Handel's Messiah, based on Monty Python's 'Life of Brian.' Described by Eric Idle as 'Baroque-N-Roll,' Not The Messiah features a lively pastiche of musical styles ranging from pop, country, and Broadway to doo-wop, hip hop, and Greek chorus. Hit songs include 'Hail to the Shoe,' 'We Love Sheep,' and the audience favorite and sing-along 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.'"

Read Playbill.com's interview with Eric Idle here.

Founded in 1941 by Robert Shaw, The Chorale has presented interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by present-day artists.

More information is available by calling (646) 202-9623 or online at collegiatechorale.org.

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