The Eric Idle-helmed New York City premiere of NOT THE MESSIAH (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) plays at Carnegie Hall next week on December 15 & 16. Here are our top five reasons to catch the performance before we launch into the throes of the holiday season!
1) Settle the score with your holiday ‘cheer’
It’s December 9th and let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the next 15 days of Christmas carols, wrapping present fails, frigid weather, the end of The Colbert Report, office parties, and the bi-annual ritual of figuring out what present to get my parents, who “only want peace and love” for Christmas. So it’s great to know there’s at least one way to satisfyingly celebrate the holidays.
2) Make Christmas funny
Sure, we’ve already gotten used to the idea of ironically celebrating the holidays, whether it’s with an ugly sweater party, a mock Nativity scene, or smuggling in a bottle of vodka into A Christmas Spectacular (not suggested). But NOT THE MESSIAH is GUARANTEED is make you laugh. Based off Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and written by Python collaborators Eric Idle and John Du Prez, it will feature comic classics like “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” as well as a pastiche of pop, country, showtunes, hip-hop, and Greek chorus. If that’s not enough to get intrigue you then maybe…
3) …Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, and Lauren Worsham will!
I mean, I was already sold on this concert with the title and such, but then the Lord Baby Jesus blessed my Christmas choices when he announced (sorry, when He announced) that Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch, and Lauren Worsham would be performing! Victoria Clark can do no wrong. She just dazzles in every freaking role and we need to just make her the queen of something already. Kudisch has a voice that melts butter and the comedic chops to match, and the recently-Tony nominated Lauren Worsham is a certain rising Broadway star.
4) A top-knotch concert orchestra and chorale
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the nation’s most versatile and innovative orchestras. It plays more about 70 performances per year and commissions new works regularly. Likewise, The Collegiate Chorale has an equally illustrious reputation: it was founded in 1941 and regularly performs at events at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and festivals around the world! In other words, they got this.
5) It’s a gift anyone would enjoy!
Maybe even my parents? Maybe even my parents…