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Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, and Lauren Worsham Set for Oratorio Based on Monty Python's Life of Brian

Ted Sperling will direct the Collegiate Chorale's event at Carnegie Hall.

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Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Lauren Worsham, and Marc Kudisch will star in Idle's Not the Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
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The Collegiate Chorale has announced that its 2014-15 season will kick off with the New York City Premiere of Eric Idle and John DuPrez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian. The event will run December 15-16 at Carnegie Hall. Ted Sperling will conduct and direct.

From the creators of the Broadway musical Spamalot, Not the Messiah is a spoof on Handel's Messiah that features a pastiche of musical styles ranging from pop, country, and Broadway to doo-wop, hip-hop, and Greek chorus.

The cast will include Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, Lauren Worsham, and William Ferguson.

The Collegiate Chorale aims to enrich its audiences through performances of a broad range of vocal music. Founded in 1941, The Chorale has established a reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works.

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