Larry David's Broadway play sets advance ticket sales record

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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comedian Larry David's new play, "Fish in the Dark," is shaping up for a major opening on Broadway next month and has already set a record for advance ticket sales by racking up $13.5 million before a single performance.

The comedy about death begins previews on Feb. 2 and opens on March 5 for a limited 18-week run at the Cort Theatre. It is written by and stars David, the co-creator and writer of the hit comedy series "Seinfeld" and the star of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," in his Broadway debut.

A spokesman for the play said the record $13.5 million in advance ticket sales stemmed from the popularity of David.

The Brooklyn-born, bespectacled comedian plays a character whom he described as very much like himself.

"A close friend, his father died and he started telling me about it," David, 67, said in a video clip about the show. "It sounded like a great idea for a play."

The play broke the previous record of $13.05 million set by "Betrayal." The revival of the Harold Pinter marital drama starred Daniel Craig, known for his film role of fictional secret agent James Bond, and his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz.

"Fish in the Dark" is directed by Anna D. Shapiro ("August: Osage County") and produced by Scott Rudin.

The play also stars Rita Wilson ("Sleepless in Seattle") and Rosie Perez ("Pineapple Express"), who said in a video clip she "read it with her mouth on the floor" and could not believe some of the jokes.   Continued...

Larry David at the Television Critics Association Cable TV Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser