not the messiah — a must see!

Posted on June 2, 2007. Filed under: Music, The boy(s), Theatre |

Brian and I went to see the world premiere (red carpet and everything) of Not the Messiah tonight at Roy Thompson Hall. Ironically is based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian (which also sheds some light on why a psychic once told my Brian that he was Jesus Christ).

Created by Eric Idle (who was also a soloist/narrator in the show) and John Du Prez with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Peter Oundjian (who happens to be Eric’s cousin — how great is that!?) AND members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (talk about just about everyone you’d love to see on stage all at once). The performance was fantastic. The script was hilarious, well delivered, and the orchestra and choir were phenomenal.

We had seats that were in the balcony at the side and while we couldn’t see a bit of the front corner of the stage and could only see the soloists’ backs — they were really great seats because we could see the front of the conductor and all of the players and the choristers very close up.

I don’t want to tell you too much as I wouldn’t want to give the show away at all — but I will tell you that this was the first show I’ve seen in years or ever that I actually wanted to leap up for a standing ovation — as did the rest of the crowd. It lasted long enough for the soloists and creators to come back out on the stage for 3 or 4 extra bows. Well-deserved!

Please try to go and check it out — there are 2 more shows on the 2nd and the 4th of June in Toronto. It’s definitely worth the money and is a wonderful way to spend an evening.

Not the Messiah is part of Luminato so check it out too for more events going on in the city — I hadn’t heard about it until this year and am glad that I got to be a part of it.


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