Rantings of a Spoo
This is a blog reflecting the various views, interests, and quirky things that I would like to share.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
In Eric Idle's world, a leaf blower is part of the orchestra.
The Monty Python star and "Spamalot" writer is bringing his silliness back to the stage with "Not the Messiah," a musical comedy hodgepodge that features a full orchestra and the occasional leaf blower.
"Musically we've put it in," Idle said.
After putting on the production in Toronto and Sydney, Australia, (and a one-off performance in upstate New York), Idle and composer-conductor John Du Prez are bringing the show stateside for a limited run.
"Not the Messiah" gives a musical stage treatment to "Life of Brian" the way "Spamalot" did for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
"In many ways, 'Spamalot' made it possible for us to do this sort of thing," Idle said. "People take us seriously that we'll put it on, but also it means that we're not so obsessed, we don't have to make a fortune out of it, we can just make it work for its own cost."
Backed by a 104-piece orchestra, Idle and his comedic crew will perform "Not the Messiah" at Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, Va.; the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The Los Angeles show will also feature fireworks and a 32-member bagpipe band, Idle said.
The 65-year-old actor, writer and composer, who has crafted more than 300 comedic songs over the past 30 years, said he's always been moved to set his comedy to music.
"Orchestras and choirs love it," he said. "They don't often get to wear miners helmets and do doo-wop."
Thursday, July 24 at 8:15 pm at the Filene Center
Donald McCullough, Music Director
Move over, Handel...the team that unleashed Spamalot has schemed up their newest adventure—a comic oratorio inspired by Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah and Monty Python’s hilarious Life of Brian.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Time for Some Campaignin'
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Happy Birthday to Me!
He sang several of my favorites of his, including classics like Eat It, Fat, and Smells Like Nirvana as well as more recent gems such as The Saga Begins, Amish Paradise, eBay, and White and Nerdy.
See the slideshow from some of his concert:
Labels: weird al yankovic
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Del Toro joins in the speculation himself in a new Q&A with Middle-Earth fans, posted at the MTV Movies Blog. Of particular interest to Christian moviegoers is a question about whether del Toro will be "exploring any theological or spiritual themes" in the films. Del Toro answered: "I believe The Hobbit is a narrative that contains characters that are very symbolic of certain human traits. Obviously, pride and greed are easily found in Smaug the Dragon. Then the humble, sort of a sturdy moral fiber that Bilbo has very much represents the idea that Tolkien had about the little English man, the average English man. The dwarves represent other qualities, the elves represent other qualities and, like, in any fairy tale or fantasy narrative that is worth it, all these characters conform to a view of the world that is spiritual, ethical and moral. I think that this morality, this spiritual tale, will play a [large] part in the movie."
The director also notes the enthusiasm he has for working with actors Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Orlando Bloom—though he can't say anything for sure at this point. He also notes his desire to make Ian Holm—who played Bilbo Baggins in the trilogy—to be involved with the new films in some capacity.
In an interview with The Defamer, however, del Toro makes clear that there will not be two Hobbit films unless a substantial story can be devised to bridge Tolkien's novel with the Lord of the Rings storyline. Says del Toro, "we believe there is a second movie … if we find it, we will shoot it."