Larry David Offered Bialystock Role in Broadway's The Producers on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

News   Larry David Offered Bialystock Role in Broadway's The Producers on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Could Larry David be the next Max Bialystock in The Producers on Broadway? The answer remains to be seen in the "Seinfeld" co-creator's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which launches its fourth season, Jan. 4, 2004.

The half-hour situational comedy, which airs on the cable network Sundays at 9:30 PM (ET), offers up another 10-episode season which 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.

In the season premiere titled "Mel's Offer," Larry David literally runs into (guest star) Mel Brooks in a bathroom. That incident and a karaoke performance eventually leads to The Producers creator Brooks offering him the role of Max Bialystock created by Nathan Lane on Broadway. (David was, in fact, the basis for the role of George Costanza on "Seinfeld" played by Jason Alexander — who currently plays the Bialystock role in the Los Angeles presentation of The Producers at the Pantages Theatre.)

Original The Producers star Cady Huffman also guest stars in the episode alongside Ben Stiller, Paul Mazursky and Christine Taylor. Upcoming episodes will feature Richard Lewis, Susie Essman, David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Shelley Berman, Bob Einstein, Saul Rubinek and Moon Zappa.

HBO will rerun all ten episodes from last season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" consecutively, Jan. 2, 2004 starting at 8 PM (ET). Check your local listings.

"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.