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Eric Idle Raises the Barre

Next project: A Python ballet!


Eric Idle  

Could the next Monty Python project be The Meaning of Life—in tutus? On the heels of his success with Spamalot, Python’s Eric Idle says he’s currently working on a ballet with longtime co-composer John Du Prez. “It’s perfect,” he says. “John and I are always interested in doing something nobody wants, so that seemed to be the natural thing.” The duo has already moved into classical music: On July 1, they’ll bring Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), an oratorio based on The Life of Brian, to the upstate Caramoor Festival. (A highlight, Idle says, is a Gilbert and Sullivan version of the “Lumberjack” song.) “We have bagpipe players come in,” Idle adds. “We go everywhere we possibly could with a symphony and choir.” How about Manhattan? “It would be fun to do Carnegie Hall,” Idle muses. “Of course, it costs you $50,000 to move a chair.”

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