Jason Alexander, who played the repressed George Costanza on the long-running TV sitcom Seinfeld, has been confirmed to replace Larry David on the Broadway show Fish in the Dark.

Jason AlexanderJason Alexander will take over from Larry David in Fish in the Dark

David, who co-wrote Seinfeld, has been playing lead character Normal Drexel in the production though Alexander will takeover from June 9 until June 19.

"Finally I can enjoy the show," joked David on announcing the news. "Not only was I fortunate enough to write for Jason Alexander on Seinfeld, but I also had a ringside seat watching his brilliant, indelible performances. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I heard he was replacing me."

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Alexander has strong form on Broadway and won a Tony award in 1989 for his performance in the musical Jerome Robbins.

"I left Broadway 25 years ago because Larry David co-created the show that would change my life and career," he said. "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."

Fish in the Dark has been a phenomenal financial success and broke for the record for advance ticket sales, breaking $14.5 million. Alexander tweeted that tickets were so sought after, that even he couldn't get one.

Still, not all the critics were so enamoured by the show, with the Los Angeles Times' Charles McNulty writing: "This is an overextended sitcom that would like to become a farce but settles instead for some hoary Neil Simon middle ground." 

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