On Sunday, 20 July 2014, Monty Python ceased to be. They went to meet their maker and are now pushing up daisies. It was on that day they shuffled off their mortal coil, ran down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. Bereft of life, they now rest in peace. Python is an ex-comedy troupe. Or…are they just pining for the fjords or just ‘stunned’?
There have been numerous reports in recent weeks about the fact that the group will almost assuredly never get together again to perform in anything that resembles a world tour of their final performances at London’s O2 Arena starting with former Python, Eric Idle, recently revealing that the troupe turned down a $32 million world tour offer and that the group’s recent performances were “the end”. There is a possible light, however, at the end of the Python comedy tunnel. It seems as though Terry Gilliam plans to discuss potential new projects with his Python colleagues next month which just might include a potential musical version of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. One can only hope….
Gilliam said that there would be talk ‘at a gathering in December’ of what they might do. “There have always been talks about trying to do a musical of Life of Brian”, he told The Sun. I have to say this is more than welcome news for all of us that remember the Pythons last effort which turned their 1979 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail into the mega-successful musical, Spamalot, by Eric Idle in 2004.