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Abrasiveness might be central to Larry David‘s shtick. But Broadway loves him if grosses for the Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star’s first stage outing as lead actor and playwright, Fish in the Dark, are any indication.
Early box-office results for the play elevate David into the top-earning Broadway ranks, alongside Hollywood marquee heavyweights like Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, as well as the beloved stage duo Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
David’s new comedy is shaping up to be the first breakout success of the spring season. The show smashed the house record at the Cort Theatre in its first full week of eight preview performances, grossing $1,177,593, which represents 101.58 percent attendance.
Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) and produced by Scott Rudin, the play about a death in the family also stars Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jerry Adler, Marylouise Burke and Jake Cannavale.
Prior to the start of previews on Feb. 2, the production already had chalked up record advance sales for a non-musical of $13.5 million. That figure suggests a high volume of premium-priced ticket sales, fetching up to $425 a seat. The production officially opens on March 5, in a limited engagement scheduled to run through June 7.
The house record at the Cort was previously held by another Rudin production, the Tony-winning 2010 revival of August Wilson‘s Fences, which starred Washington and Viola Davis. That play grossed $1,175,626 in its highest week.
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