Van Wezel

Cleese and Idol set Sarasota date

It's probably going to be the most talked-about touring stage show of 2015, and it starts right here in the Bradenton-Sarasota.

"John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again at Last for the Very First Time" will feature the two legendary members of the even more legendary Monty Python performing together. It's the first time Cleese and Idle have performed as a duo, without any of their Python mates (Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman).

A press release tells us the show will combine "scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance." It sounds like a lot of fun, and we get to see it before anyone else. The month-long tour kicks off at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Oct. 2.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 19. Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $59.50 plus service charge and up. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear