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article imageMonty Python reunion to be broadcast worldwide

By Sylvannia Soulet     Jul 2, 2014 in Entertainment
London - The cast of Monty Python are teaming up for one final hurrah that will culminate in a live performance simulcast to more than 100 nations around the globe. On July 20, expect a lot of silly walking!
What seemed like a veritable pipe dream has become a fan reality: Monty Python is back, albeit for a limited engagement consisting of a troupe of geriatric players with a collective age of over 350 years.
Monty Python Live (mostly) is currently going on at the O2 Arena in London, England. The Fab Five (formerly Six — member Graham Chapman died in 1989 after losing his battle with throat cancer) decided on the reunion when it seemed like the most pragmatic (and profitable) way to tackle staggering debts which include alimony, mortgages, and a lawsuit.
The mastermind behind the live show, Eric Idle isn’t coy about their ulterior motives. “Of course it’s for the fucking money!” he quipped in an interview to Newsweek. But there’s also a sincere desire to please the fans and give them what they want. Idle had laboured for nine months on the script; during that time he wasn’t crafting brand-new jokes, but re-imagining the old skits and routines that had made Monty Python a comedic institution for over 40 years. Viewers can, indeed, expect the Spanish Inquisition to make an appearance, as well as classic skits such as The Dead Parrot, Nudge-Nudge Wink-Wink, and an elaborately choreographed rendition of "Every Sperm is Sacred" from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.
For Idle, making the old new again is old hat; he did, after all, take the freshman theatrical release Monty Python and the Holy Grail and transform it into the Broadway hit Spamalot.
It’s also a stroke of good luck that the other surviving members of Monty Python — that is, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and surrealist director Terry Gilliam — still tolerate each other enough to make this project possible. "It means we're actually going to say goodbye publicly on one show,” says Idle. “Nobody ever has the chance to do that, the Beatles didn't get a last good night."
Reviews for opening night have been positive so far; now the greatest challenge is to make it to the final show on the July 20 without losing any more men.
“You’re still at the mercy of death, you know,” Idle told Express. “When everyone’s over 70, that option’s quite a high risk. We had to take out a lot of insurance to make sure we were still alive by July.” But Idle says the show would still go on, even if the worst were to happen: “I said to the promoter, ‘It’s expensive to insure everybody, so why don’t you insure two deaths?’ If two go, we’ll call it off, but if one goes we’ll do it as a tribute. If Palin goes we get Eddie Izzard, if Cleese goes we get Russell Brand.’”
Monty Python Live (mostly) runs from July 1 – July 5 and from July 15 – July 20. The final performance will be broadcast live in over 2,000 cinemas worldwide. Canadian residents can purchase tickets for the cinema screening online via the Cineplex website.
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