Mercer, Stilwell, Ferugson, Baerg Will Join Spamalot's Idle and Du Prez for the Bowl's Messiah!

By Andrew Gans
09 Jul 2008

Eric Idle
Eric Idle

Spamalot co-creators Eric Idle and John du Prez have reteamed to create a comic oratorio inspired by both Handel's "Messiah" and Monty Python's "Life of Brian."

Entitled Not the Messiah! (He's a Very Naughty Boy), the new work will play the Hollywood Bowl Aug. 1-2 at 8:30 PM.

According to a Bowl spokesperson, Idle and Du Prez will be joined onstage by soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell, tenor William Ferguson and baritone Theodore Baerg as well as the Pacific Chorale and the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band.

Not the Messiah!, according to press notes, tells "the tragi-comic story of a man mistaken for the Messiah. This new work for 100 musicians is an attempt to create a new form—the comic oratorio—from the Pythons' most admired movie. Idle—singing baritone-ish—reprises some of his best-loved roles from this legendary movie that reminds you to 'Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.'"

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA. For tickets, call (323) 850-2000. Visit www.hollywoodbowl.com for more information.



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Not the Messiah! will also play the Filene Center at Wolf Trap July 24 at 8:15 PM. Visit www.wolftrap.org.