An Evening Without Monty Python, From the Creators of Spamalot
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From the creators behind the Tony Winning Blockbuster musical _Spamalot _comes a very silly night of sketches and songs drawn from the Python cannon, An Evening without Monty Python. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Eric Idle has collected a paeanastic laudatory exaltation of the works of John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin & Eric Idle himself. Starring the Pythonesque Jane Leeves, Alan Tudyk, Jeff B. Davis, Rick Holmes & Jim Piddock. Partly directed by Eric Idle & BT McNicholl. It’s like an evening with Cole Porter, just funnier.**
**Eric Idle, one of the original creators of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, co-created with John Du Prez the Tony and Grammy Award Winning Broadway hit __Spamalot __(based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and the comic Oratorio Not The Messiah (He’s a very naughty boy) based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian, performed last year at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and previously in Toronto, Caramoor, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland (NZ), Houston and Wolf Trap.
In October, to celebrate the Ruby Jubilee of Monty Python, Not the Messiah will be performed by Idle and Du Prez with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at Royal Albert Hall, London with special guest appearances by Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam (hopefully) and Carol Cleveland.
In addition Idle created The Rutles (with Neil Innes) for NBC TV and in conjunction with WestBeth Entertainment premiered What About Dick? a film for radio and Rutlemania! The Tribute Concert at the Ricardo Montalbán Theater in Los Angeles. His previous play Pass The Butler ran for five months in the West End of London.
Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols, ran for almost four years on Broadway, two years in London’s West End, and has also been produced in Las Vegas and Melbourne, Australia. The phenomenally successful United States tour (which just concluded a run at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA) continues, and there are currently hit productions in Barcelona, Spain and Cologne, Germany.
As well as the new book Monty Python Live! published by Hyperion, Idle edited Monty Python’s Big Red Book, Monty Python’s Brand New Bok (and Papperbok) and produced the hit album Monty Python Sings.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus, written and performed by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, began life on BBC TV in October 1969. It first appeared on PBS in 1974 and has remained in re-runs on US TV ever since.
The six original Pythons also wrote and appeared in the movies __And Now For Something Completely Different, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life and Monty Python Live at The Hollywood Bowl. Sadly, __Graham Chapman died in 1989 around the 20th Anniversary. Their new book is dedicated to his memory and as well as recounting their wacky exploits on the road, contains new reminiscences by the Pythons and all the material that they ever performed live.
Co-director BT McNicholl has directed on Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and directed the European premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks. Internationally, he was nominated for Best Director in Paris, Madrid and Australia (winner, 2002) for __Cabaret. __
An Evening Without Monty Python – 3He has staged productions for Disney (fifth year of a world-wide tour) and is a Creative Development Consultant for MGM’s theatrical division.
McNicholl has served on the creative teams of 10 other Broadway shows including the current hit Billy Elliot and directed award-winning plays and musicals for Goodspeed Opera House (2004 Best Musical), Dorset Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre. A BMI-Award winning lyricist, he has written the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical The IT Girl and is the author and co-lyricist of the upcoming musical of 101 Dalmatians directed by Jerry Zaks, opening at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2010). He spent three years with the Shubert Organization and has been associated with directors Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, David Hare, James Lapine, Rob Marshall and Jerry Zaks. He is presently working with Eric Idle and Monty Python as the Associate Director of their award-winning success Spamalot.