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

Satirical Oratorio
Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Actors
Professional Theatres & Orchestras


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.

Casting & Production


Orchestra, Soloists-Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass and Chorus

Orchestral Information

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


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


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