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Russell Brand To Star In Eric Idle's 'What About Dick?'

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Originally staged as a workshop version in 2007, Eric Idle's musical "What About Dick?" will soon receive a new addition, the Los Angeles Times reports: comedic actor Russell Brand. The four-performance stint will run from April 26 to 29 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.

The tongue-in-cheek comedy stars Brands as a student named Dick and his antics as a Philosophy and Gynecology student at Oxford University. The cast includes a slew of British all-stars including Eddie Izzard (as the inventor of the vibrator, similar to this film released last year), Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkleman, Tracey Ullman, Tim Curry and Billy Connolly.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times Idle says he's been revising the script for a few years, and the addition of Brand enhances the role of Dick.

"It's essentially the same idea as before, but the part of Dick got bigger -- if I'm allowed to say that," Idle says in the interview.

Idle gained recognition in the 70s for his work on the one and only "Monty Python." After the end of the comedy troop, Idle went on to a myriad of other projects including Saturday Night Live in The Beatles spoof "The Rutles" and wrote the musical comedy "Spamalot" based off "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

"What About Dick?" will be staged as a radio play where the actors read from scripts. There are plans to tape the performance at the Orpheum Theater for an eventual release as a concert film.

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