Published On: Wed, Aug 6th, 2014

Larry David to Star in own New ‘Shiva’ Play on Broadway

Larry David

Larry David has written a play, possibly in collaboration with Jerry Seinfeld, with Broadway in mind, Roger Friedman reports in Showbiz.

David’s play is titled “Shiva, ” as in sitting shiva. Originally, David wasn’t going to star in it, but now he will, because Broadway and film producer Scott Rudin talked him into it.

Rudin’s “Book of Mormon” continues to top the Broadway box office. His revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Denzel Washington was the hit of this past spring season, winning Tony Awards for the production and actress Sophie Okonedo.

Friedman pointed out that the custom of sitting shiva–the Jewish week of mourning– is becoming popular in the culture at large. Shawn Levy’s upcoming movie “There is Where I Leave You” with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda, also uses it as a dramatic conceit. Larry David himself has used it in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Lawrence Gene David was born in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Rose and Morty David, who was a men’s clothing manufacturer.

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