Larry David is giving Broadway a shot in the arm after his new play Fish in the Dark–sight unseen–racked up $13.5 million in ticket pre-sales ahead of previews, which begin Monday (Feb. 2).
David, 67, is best known for his work as a writer on the hit CBS sitcom “Seinfeld,” and for “Curb Your Entusiasm,” his own hilarious show on HBO.
This is the first time he will appear in a Broadway play… or any play since about eighth grade, he said in a recent promo for the show.
In fact, David told David Letterman earlier this month (Jan. 16) he didn’t even like the theater.
“I don’t go to the theater,” he bellowed. “I find you go there, it’s a lot of hustle and bustle outside and in the lobby. It’s like going to the airport for me.”
But apparently a lot of fans disagree.
The play’s pre-sales broke the previous record of $13.05 million set by the Harold Pinter revival Betrayal, which was packed with Hollywood star-power. Daniel Craig, who’s played James Bond, co-starred with wife, Rachel Weisz.
David will star in the play as a character much like himself with Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orsini, Jerry Adler and Jake Cannavale.
It also stars Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jenn Lyon and Molly Ranson.
David said his biggest fear about doing the play is worrying about the actors remembering their line. He says he can’t even remember what he had for breakfast.
“Dave, I’m nervous, I’m frightened, I’m scared to death…Help me!”
The play is about a subject that only David could touch… death.
“A close friend, his father died and he started telling me about it,” he explained. “It sounded like a great idea for a play.”
Perez said her mouth was “on the floor” when she read the script. “I could not believe some of the jokes. I was like this is the most inappropriate, offensive piece…”
The play begins previews Monday (Feb. 2) and opens on March 5 for a limited 18-week run at the Cort Theatre.
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