Where Larry David goes, we follow. And why not? The guy is a comic genius — the multihyphenate producer, writer and actor co-created Seinfeld
, that cultural goalpost of Nineties sitcoms, and was the brains behind (and the star of) HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
. We’ve already followed him from broadcast TV to cable to Jerry Seinfeld’s Volkswagen Beetle
… now, we’re chasing him to the klieg lights of the Great White Way. His inaugural play, Fish in the Dark
, which he wrote and stars in, opened this week at Cort Theater
; prior to its debut on Monday, it took in $13.5 million in advance ticket sales — breaking the Broadway record for a play.
Produced by Hollywood bigwig Scott Rudin and co-starring Rita Wilson and Rosie Perez, among others, Fish in the Dark is a dark comedy about a death in the family. It was, unsurprisingly to those familiar with David’s characters and career, inspired by a real-life moment: David got the idea while sitting shiva in L.A. Expect heart, but also laughs — yes, even though the plot circles around a funeral. After all, this is a man who turned a show about “nothing” into an award-winning, side-splitting weekly affair.