& John Cleese on 'Monty Python'
The surviving members of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python are set to reunite after a break of over 30 years! According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin (Graham Chapman died in 1989) will perform "some of Monty Python's greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists" in a new stage show at London's O2 Arena beginning July 1, 2014. Idle, who will direct, said the audience should expect "comedy, pathos, music and a tiny [bit] of ancient sex."
Cleese said that they will include popular sketches such as "The Crunchy Frog" and "The Dead Parrot," but added that there would also be "some new material" in the show, which will also be filmed. "People do really want to see the old hits but we don't want to do them in a predictable way," said Cleese. "The main danger we have is that the audience know the scripts better than we do."
"We're getting together and putting on a show—it's real," Jones told BBC News. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!" The apparent reunion comes three decades since their last live performance and 45 years since their hit TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus first aired in 1969.
The Monty Python films include And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl and 1983's Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, which was the final occasion all six original stars worked together before Chapman's death.
Monty Python's Spamalot, written by Idle and featuring music and lyrics by John Du Prez and Idle, is a musical adaptation of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Tim Curry, Michael McGrath, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, Christopher Sieber, Sara Ramirez, Christian Borle and Steve Rosen, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical.
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