Most of Monty Python Reunite For 40th Anniversary Stage Show

Forty years after the debut of Monty Python's Flying Circus rocked British television, the comedy crew is (mostly) reuniting for a musical version of their famous 1979 film, Life of Brian. The stage adaptation, Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), premiered in Toronto in 2007 and will make a few U.S. stops this summer before the cast appears on stage together in London.

Original Pythons Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones, along with director Terry Gilliam, will take the stage at Royal Albert Hall in London on Oct. 23. John Cleese will not attend due to prior engagements, and Graham Chapman died in 1989. The last time the four assembled together was at a memorial for George Harrison in 2002.

Idle, who wrote Not The Messiah's script with conductor John Du Prez, has said that the show features a wide variety of musical references, including Handel, Mozart, the Festival of Nine Carols and Bob Dylan.

Not the Messiah is just one part of the group's 40th-anniversary celebration, Other events include a documentary series to be broadcast in October, a book and appearances in Hollywood and New York.

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