Why Yes, Larry David IS Making His Broadway Debut in a Play He Wrote Next Year
By Alicia Lutes on August 8, 2014
Forgive us, but this news? Well, it’s pretty good. Pret-ty pret-ty pret-ty good. Larry David, star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, co-creator of Seinfeld, and hero to neurotic folks everywhere, will make his Broadway debut in an original play of his design, Fish in the Dark, this winter. Cue the curmudgeon-y overthinking!
The news, announced Thursday in The New York Times was accompanied by an interview with the actor/comedian/writer who was as apprehensive and candid about the whole affair as you’d expect.
Said to be a comedy about a death in the family (because of course), the ensemble production will contain fifteen characters, including “somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name,” David explained.
But the plan to put David into the production was not his original intent. Oh no, no: that all came from producer Scott Rudin (we’d give you his credits but the man has produced 102 films and movies — to say nothing of his theater work — and you’ve probably seen a lot of them so just Google that ish yourself).
“I didn’t really want to do it,” David said. “But, I mean, do you know Scott? He’s a very persuasive fellow, and I give him a lot of credit for that.”
“I thought it would be pretty cool to write a play someday. I didn’t think it’d be pretty cool to be in it. It’s not like I would go to the theater and look up on stage and say, ‘I could be in that,’” he added. “I haven’t been in a play since the eighth grade, when I did ‘Charley’s Aunt.’ I seem to remember wearing a dress.”
Directed by Tony Award winning helmer Anna D. Shapiro, the play is set to open on March 5th at an as-yet-unannounced theater owned by the Shubert group.
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