Jason Alexander Will Replace Larry David in Broadway's Fish in the Dark

News   Jason Alexander Will Replace Larry David in Broadway's Fish in the Dark
 
Tony Award-winning comic actor Jason Alexander, best known for playing George Costanza on the sitcom "Seinfeld," will replace Larry David in the Broadway hit Fish in the Dark when David finishes his scheduled run on June 7. The production, which was scheduled to close on that date, will now extend through July 19.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander

David was one of the creators and head writer of "Seinfeld."

Alexander, who won the 1989 Tony as Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Jerome Robbins Broadway, made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1981 Merrily We Roll Along, and made his last Broadway appearance in 1990's Accomplice.

"I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career,” Alexander said in a prepared statement. “It is totally amazing that he also created the show that would bring me back to Broadway. I am thrilled I get to do this hilarious play for him and with this wonderful cast. It is quite simply more fun than any bald man should have."

David, who wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, said, "Not only was I fortunate enough to write for Jason Alexander on 'Seinfeld,' but I also had a ringside seat watching his brilliant, indelible performances. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard he was replacing me in Fish in the Dark. Finally I can enjoy the show.”

Alexander's first performance in the role of Norman Drexel will be June 9. Alexander returns in a show that is already something of a blockbuster. Prior to its first preview (Feb. 2), the world premiere of Fish in the Dark had taken in more than $13.5 million in advance sales at the box office. That figure is the highest advance for any spring production on Broadway and, according to the New York Times, beats the previous record for a play, $13.05 million for the 2013 revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal (produced by Scott Rudin, the producer of Fish in the Dark). 

The play, from the creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and co-creator of “Seinfeld," is directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro

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The cast also includes Rita Wilson, Jayne Houdyshell, Rosie Perez, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jerry Adler, Marylouise Burke, Jake Cannavale, Jenn Lyon, Jonny Orsini and Molly Ranson.

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Fish in the Dark is described as "a comedy about a death in the family." 

The production has scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

Fish is produced by Rudin.

Show times are Monday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Beginning March 10, show times will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets, priced $65-$155, are now available at Telecharge.com.

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