Eric Idle, the Montiest Python of them all (yeah, wanna fight about it?), presents his new comedic oratorio, Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy). Idle wrote the thing with John Du Prez — the fellow who wrote Spamalot with him too. While skewering Jesus (wow, that was a poor choice of words!), Idle also goofs on Handel’s famous 1741 oratorio, Messiah. Someone else has already come up with the term “baroque-n-roll,” and the music is described as “practically every genre of music including pop, country, hip-hop, Broadway, Welsh hymns, Greek chorus and a Bob Dylan impersonation.” Idle offers this: “Shorter than Handel, funnier than Handel, but obviously not as good theologically.”
Wed., July 2, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m., 2008

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