The late "curtain" is to accommodate television audiences, because this version of the Broadway show will only appear on the season four finale of Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." (Check your local listings.)
The Producers storyline on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" began with the season premiere, which found the "Seinfeld" co-creator David literally running into (guest star) Mel Brooks in a bathroom. That incident and a karaoke performance eventually lead The Producers creator Brooks to offer him the role of Max Bialystock opposite Ben Stiller in the role of Leo Bloom — the roles created on Broadway by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
Later on in the season, after many incidents involving David, Stiller left the production and was replaced with "Friends" star David Schwimmer. The new casting prompted Mel Brooks to note they could save money by having the marquee read "Larry David Schwimmer."
Among the stars in attendance on the "Opening Night" episode are Producers creator Mel Brooks and wife Anne Bancroft, director-choreographer Susan Stroman, original stars Nathan Lane and Cady Huffman as well as actor Richard Kind (Bounce, "Spin City").
The half-hour situational comedy, which airs on the cable network Sundays nights, centers around the neurotic writer, starring as himself in a fictional depiction of his real life. Actors Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin co-star as David’s wife Cheryl and David’s manager Jeff opposite a cast of real-life celebrities who play themselves. The comedy is based on storylines by Larry David. David was, in fact, the basis for the role of George Costanza on "Seinfeld" played by actor Jason Alexander — who recently played the Bialystock role in the Los Angeles presentation of The Producers at the Pantages Theatre.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" first aired on HBO in 2000. The show is executive produced by Larry David, Jeff Garlin and Gavin Polone. Executive producers/directors are Robert B. Weide and Larry Charles. Tim Gibbons produces with co-producer Erin O'Malley.
For more information on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," visit HBO's website at www.hbo.com.