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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The members of Monty Python are
aiming to move like Jagger in their
live farewell shows.
The five surviving Pythons have
reunited for ten dates at London s
15,000-seat O2 Arena starting Tuesday.
It s a fast-paced comic revue that
requires the septuagenarian comedians
to act, sing, dance and pull off rapid-
fire costume changes.
Michael Palin says the group drew
inspiration from the Rolling Stones
frontman, still gyrating at 70.
"A kind of madness takes over," Palin
told a news conference on Monday.
"You just leap about at a certain point."
Fellow comedian Terry Gilliam added:
"Our version of Brown Sugar is far
It turns out the Stones singer is one
of Monty Python s many famous fans.
Jagger has filmed a promo clip for the
show, in which he asks wryly why audi-
ences would want to watch a "bunch
of wrinkly old men trying to relive their
It has been 40 years since Monty
Python s Flying Circus was on televi-
sion, but the anarchic troupe remains
World-renowned physicist Stephen
Hawking---another Python aficiona-
do---is due to make a guest appearance
in the show. Journalists at Monday s
news conference came from Britain,
the US, Canada, Australia and beyond.
A Spaniard asked about the Spanish
Inquisition sketch; a Finn wanted to
know "How do you feel about Finland?"
Eric Idle, who has done much of the
work assembling the evening, said fans
can expect old favorites, back-catalog
gems and a few new twists.
"Our motto has been: leave them
wanting less," he said.
As well as Idle, Palin, Gilliam, John
Cleese and Terry Jones, the show fea-
tures a dance troupe, singing lumber-
jacks, Spam-loving Vikings, a dead par-
rot and much more. It is, unsurprisingly,
a bit naughty.
"I m happy and proud to say it s
actually rather filthy," Idle said.
The troupe last performed together
at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980. Times,
and the Pythons, have changed since
"All the audience was smoking mar-
ijuana," said Jones. "When John and I
went into the audience we came out
Now, said Palin, "we ve got some
Viagra in our dressing room."
Each member of the group has
adopted his own style of preparation
for the ten-night stand, which ends
July 20 with a show beamed to 1,800
movie theaters around the world.
"I ve not been drinking for a week,"
said Jones. Idle has been hiking and
running. Cleese has opted for "sleeping
more," while Palin is enduring "a pun-
ishing schedule of lying down and
This may be the end of the road for
Monty Python, but none of its members
plans to retire. Upcoming projects
include a memoir from Cleese and a
movie by Jones based on Tchaikovsky s
"I think of it as a pre-posthumous
memorial service," Gilliam said of the
"Preposterous?" Palin chipped in.
The Pythons still slip seamlessly into
affectionate banter when they are
Mortality is just another thing to be
laughed at. The show is titled One
Down, Five to Go in honour of the sixth
Python, Graham Chapman. He died of
cancer in 1989 but will appear onscreen.
"We ll just carry on working till we
drop," said Palin.
"If one of us has died, the rest of us
will bring in more money." (AP)
Broadway is about to get another
king---a revival of the musical The King
and I starring Kelli O Hara and Ken
Watanabe will join The Lion King and
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Lincoln Center Theater said Monday
that the classic romance by Richard
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II---
with songs like Getting To Know You
and Shall We Dance---will begin per-
formances March 12, 2015 at the Vivian
O Hara, a five time Tony-nominated
soprano whose show The Bridges of
Madison County closed in May, will
play the starchy English schoolmistress
sent to Siam to educate the children
of the king. Watanabe, whose films
include Inception and Letters from Iwo
Jima, will make his US stage debut as
Bartlett Sher will direct. The show
will feature the musical s original Jerome
Robbins choreography, with musical
staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by
Michael Yeargan and costumes by
This will be the fourth revival of the
1951 musical. The last time was in 1996
starring Donna Murphy and Lou Dia-
mond Phillips. Yul Brynner had previ-
ously played the king three times---1951,
1977 and 1985. (AP)
Monty Python aims for
Jagger-like energy jolt
The members of Monty Python are aiming to move like Jagger in their live farewell shows.
The King and I slated
for Broadway in March
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