Jason Alexander to replace Larry David in Fish in the Dark
Producers of the Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark, written by and starring Larry David, have announced that fellow 'Seinfeld' colleague and Tony Award winner Jason Alexander will assume Mr. David's role of Norman Drexel on 9 June 2015, as the show extends its limited engagement by six weeks through to 19 July 2015 at the Cort Theatre.
Larry David will play his final performance in the role on 7 June 2015.
Mr. David commented:
"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.”
Mr. Alexander added:
"I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career. 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."
Fish in the Dark began previews on 2 February 2015, and officially opened on 5 March 2015 to mixed reviews.
The current cast of the comedy, which revolves around a death in the family, includes Larry David, Rita Wilson, Jayne Houdyshell, Rosie Perez, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jerry Adler, Marylouise Burke, Jake Cannavale, Jenn Lyon, Jonny Orsini, and Molly Ranson.
Fish in the Dark is directed by Anna D. Shapiro and produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin. It features scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ann Roth, and lighting by Brian MacDevitt.
Jason Alexander won a Tony Award in 1989 for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in 'Jerome Robbins' Broadway.' His other Broadway credits include 'Accomplice,' 'Broadway Bound,' 'The Rink,' and 'Merrily We Roll Along.' Off-Broadway he has appeared in 'Light Up The Sky,' 'Personals,' and 'Forbidden Broadway.' He is perhaps best known for his TV role of George Constanza on 'Seinfeld,' which earned him 7 Emmy and 4 Golden Globe nominations.
Larry David is widely known for his Television career, perhaps most prominently as the creator and star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm", as well as being the co-creator, head writer, and executive producer of "Seinfeld". Other credits include 2013's "Clear History" and the Woody Allen comedy "Whatever Works" in 2009.