Jerry Seinfeld, star of the eponymous long-running TV sitcom that has set many scenes in the New York theatre district, is seeking a Broadway theatre in which to tape an HBO special in summer 1998.
Quoting unnamed "insiders," a Feb. 22 New York Post story said Seinfeld wants a Broadway theatre of between 1000 and 1400 seats to tape a one- or two-week series of standup comedy "concerts" before "real live theatre audience(s)," which would be edited into the special.
An HBO Original Programming spokesperson told Playbill On-Line (Feb. 23), "This isn't new news. We announced it back in October. Seinfeld will do a rare performance in a Broadway theatre sometime in August. What we're not prepared to announce yet is when or where. I do think it will be a live broadcast."
The HBO spokesperson couldn't confirm the theatre size but did tell Playbill On-Line Seinfeld would likely use an empty Broadway theatre, rather than jump into a booked venue on one if its off-nights.
Seinfeld reportedly has his eye on the Broadhurst and the Neil Simon theatres for the special, tentatively titled "I'm Telling You for the Last Time." There was no word on how tickets would go on sale to the public. "Seinfeld" made a Broadway theatre district landmark of a soup restaurant whose gruff manager was dubbed "The Soup Nazi," and has shown characters on their way to see Rent, among other shows.
In another episode, Seinfeld's girlfriend was understudying Bette Midler in a Broadway musical, and got to go on when guest-star Midler (playing herself) got knocked unconscious in a celebrity softball game.
Tony-winner Jason Alexander (Jerome Robbins' Broadway), who plays Seinfeld's sidekick George on the show, told Playbill On-Line in summer 1997 that he's working with Strouse & Adams on a musical version of the film Marty, which may begin production after the final "Seinfeld" airs May 14, 1998.