Mick Jagger is best known as the front man of the Rolling Stones, but now he has joined the realm of Monty Python culture with hopes to add comedic stylings to his resume. Recently, the surviving members of Monty Python, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam decided to make good on a promise to bring the stage show back to life. The reunion show has been dubbed the “Septuagenarian Reunion Tour” and will show before a live audience at London’s famed 02 Arena. The show will also be broadcast on UK cable channels and be available to the rest of the world in cinemas around the world.
During a press conference, the UK Telegraph reports that Mick Jagger, who will make a guest appearance during the London show, quipped:
Monty Python? Are they still going? Who wants to see that again? It was funny in the ’60s. They’re still a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money. I mean, the best one died years ago!
Apparently plenty of people are clamoring to see this reunion show, as the tickets to the 02 Arena live stage show sold out in a mere 40 seconds.
CBS News reports that the reunion tour will feature classic Python sketches and songs from the original works created more than four decades ago. The last time that this troupe performed together was in the ’80s before the sixth original member of the Monty Python crew, Graham Chapman passed away in 1989.
During a media event, Eric Idle was very tongue-in-cheek about what to expect from the live stage show, which he is personally directing:
We’ve brought back musical revue, which used to be a form in the ’50s and nobody’s ever done it since, probably for very good reasons. But it works quite nicely because it means when we do a sketch, a song will break out. I have to say it’s pretty filthy. I’m happy and proud to say it’s pretty filthy and disgusting.
Idle is also well known for his role in directing the Tony Award-winning “Monty Python Spamalot”.
With the average age of the cast being 72 years old, several of the sketches may be amended to compensate for some physical limitations that didn’t exist for the original cast members more than 40 years ago. The stage production will feature several professional dancers to assist in carrying off classic sketches such as The Dead Parrot sketch, the Four Yorkshiremen, the Spanish Inquisition, and scenes from The Meaning Of Life.
Physicist Stephen Hawking is said to also be one of the guest stars who will join the five merry Englishmen during the “Septuagenarian Reunion Tour”. The Monty Python live stage show will open in cinemas around the world on July 20th.
Stay tuned to Inquisitr.com for updates on this show as details become available.
[Image credit: Variety Magazine]