Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

In 1979, Monty Python’s Life of Brian turned the Biblical epic on its head. Now, the creators of SPAMALOT, Eric Idle & John Du Prez turn classical music on its ear! Prepare for NOT THE MESSIAH (HE’S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY), the comedic masterpiece that combines all of the unforgettable humor of the Python’s most celebrated film with the overblown grandeur of operatic soloists, full symphony orchestra and chorus. Filmed live on October 23, 2009, the performance stars Eric Idle with special appearances by original Python troupe members, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam.

Introit: Overture

The Liberty Bell. Sousa arr. Du Prez

Part One: Apocalypso

Now Chaos and Confusion!

There Shall Be Monsters.

O God You Are So Big.

Part Two: The Boy Next Door

Mandy’s Song.

Woe Woe Woe!

We Love Sheep.



Part Three: The Temptation of Brian Brian’s Dream.

What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?

The People’s Front of Judea.

I Want To Be A Girl. The Market Square.

You’re The One.


Part Four: Baroque and Roll Hail To The Shoe!


The Chosen One Has Woken!

When They Grow Up.

Take Us Home.

The Chosen One (cont.)


Part Five: Miserere Loves Company

Find Your Dream Arrested!

A Fair Day’s Work.

The Final Song. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Encore Lumberjack Song

NOT THE MESSIAH (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

A Comic Oratorio by Eric Idle & John DuPrez based on Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN

Orchestra (see Orchestral Info) Soloists Soprano Mezzo-Soprano Tenor Baritone Bass and Chorus

32 Musicians

Flute 1

Flute 2 & Piccolo

Oboe 1

Oboe 2 & English Horn

Clarinet 1

Clarinet 2 & Bass Clarinet

Bassoon 1

Bassoon 2 & Contrabassoon

Horn 1

Horn 2

Horn 3

Horn 4

Trumpet 1

Trumpet 2

Trumpet 3


Bass Trombone



Keyboard 1

Keyboard 2



Percussion (Glockenspiel, Chimes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Snare Drum, High Snare Drum, Low Snare Drum, Bass Drum, High Drum, 2 Medium Drums, Low Drum, Piatti, Suspended Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Triangle, Mark Tree, Tambourine (w/skin), Castanets (not mounted), Slapstick, Guiro, Congas, Triangle, Mark Tree, Shaker, Claves, Cuìca)

Guitar 1 (Acoustic, Classical, Archtop)

Guitar 2 (Steel Acoustic, Electric, Archtop, 6 Steel String Acoustic, 12 String Acoustic)

Violin 1

Violin 2




Electric Bass