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NOT THE MESSIAH (He's A Very Naughty Boy)
Downs Cultural Center at Ingleside
Wilmington, DE
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NOT THE MESSIAH (He's A Very Naughty Boy)
What's that you say? Monty Python's Life of Brian performed as an oratorio?  It can't be true.  Oh, but yes, it is indeed true! Not the Messiah, was written and scored by Eric Idle and John Du Prez as a commission for the Luminato Arts Festival in June 2007.  Not the Messiah is a spoof of Handel's oratorio Messiah. "If our [Life of] Brian was by Matthew then this is by John (but more John Lennon and John Du Prez). In other words, it isn't sketches at all, but recitative and songs and the occasional Nine Carol Service Reader." - Eric Idle

Not The Messiah tells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is arrested by the Romans and sentenced to be crucified.

The musical style jumps around, and Idle described it as "baroque 'n' roll."  It is a pastiche, reflecting pop, Welsh hymns, a naughty Mozart duet, country and western, doo-wop, hip hop, Broadway, Greek chorus, and Bob Dylan (in his mumbling, electric guitar and harmonica phase). "Hail to the Shoe," "What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us," "We Love Sheep," "I Want To Be A Girl" and the classic sing-along "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" are just a few of the glorious musical selections.

"It's lively stuff, to be sure. In true Monty Python fashion, it's a crazy soup-to-nuts, heavy on the nuts. There's bawdy music-hall humour, a touch of Noel Coward cleverness in the lyricand a range of musical styles from gospel to mariachi.  Colin Eatock, Globe and Mail

Geoff Bruen  Brian
Kimberly Christie  Judith
Cynthia Ballentine  Mandy (Brian's Mother)
Michael Popovsky  Soldier and Other Baritone-like Characters
Justin Walsh  Narrator (a/k/a Eric Idle)

Conducted by James W. Fuerst

Friday, January 31 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 1 @ 7:30 pm

Downs Cultural Center @ Ingleside
1005 N. Franklin Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

Not the Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.


Downs Cultural Center at Ingleside (View)
1005 North Franklin Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Choral
Music > Classical
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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