The man who played George Costanza is taking over for one of George Costanza’s creators. Larry David’s play, Fish in the Dark, will be extended on Broadway, and Jason Alexander will assume the role of Norman Drexel, the role initially inhabited by David. Got all that?
“I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career,” Alexander said in a statement. “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.” David, for his part, said: “Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard he was replacing me in ‘Fish in the Dark.’ Finally I can enjoy the show.”
At a TimesTalks event earlier this year, David said that the character of Norman, whose father’s death spurs the action of the play, is classic Larry David: “As with most things I write, the main character sounded exactly like me.” Playing a David-esque character shouldn’t be a big challenge for Alexander, whose Seinfeld character also had a lot of Larry in him. (George has been described as a David “alter ego.”) Alexander is also a Broadway veteran who won a Tony in 1989 for his work in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
David’s final performance is set for June 7. Fish in the Dark will now run through July 19 at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.