Eric Idle, Hank Azaria join forces for 'An Evening Without Monty Python'
The British comedy pranksters are back -- sort of.
A new theatrical production of Monty Python-esque sketches, titled "An Evening Without Monty Python," will play at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood for 10 performances Sept. 23 to Oct. 4.
The production will then move to New York for a run of five performances at the Town Hall Oct. 6-10.
Eric Idle, one of the founding members of Monty Python's Flying Circus, will direct the show (along with B.T. McNichol).
The cast includes non-Python actors Hank Azaria, Jane Leeves, Alan Tudyk, Rick Holmes and Jim Piddock.
The 80-minute show will consist of short musical numbers and skits from past Python productions that were originally created by Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
The production is also meant to promote the publication of the book "Monty Python Live!," which commemorates the troupe's 40-year history.
And maybe there's a little more marketing synergy to be had with the national tour of "Monty Python's Spamalot," which happens to be playing at the Ahmanson Theatre July 7 to Sept. 6.
-- David Ng
Photo: Eric Idle. Credit: Los Angeles Times