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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 4 Episode 10

Opening Night

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 14, 2004 on HBO
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Episode Summary

The show travels to New York City as Larry prepares to open on Broadway in The Producers. Larry also is down to the final days for his chance to have sex with another woman with Cheryl's blessing.

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  • The fourth season ends with Larry arriving in New York City to appear as Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers. Before the show opens Larry is presented with more opportunities for his 10th anniversary gift.moreless

    There are many positive things to say about this particular episode. The part of the show before Larry's performance in The Producers is the best. His dinner with the teacher of an activity Former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky are familiar with is very funny. What I didn't care for was the recycling of plot elements from the original movie The Producers. What I like about Curb Your Enhusiasm is its strikingly original humor. I have always thought Curb Your Enthusiasm would be the last show on earth to rehash scenes and dialouge from another movie. I hope that does not happen again.moreless
  • Larry Live!

    Wow, great season finale, I have never seen "The Producers" but the snippets in this episode have made me interested in seeing it, didn't knw Larry could sing! Some great moments here, Larry wolfing down spicy food while on a date with a felatio teacher and a spooky hex by Stephen Colbert! Some of the ideas seemed recycled though, as an Australian found the tipping humour funny (we do not tip in Australia), but thi has been done before. Larry trying to cash in his 10th anniversary present was a little like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry finds out his date is a Nazi. Loved the Jerry Seinfeld cameo in the audience though, excellent touch.moreless
  • Great.

    Larry opens on Broadway with The Producers and forgets his lines during the performance; Cheryl reminds Larry to cash in on his present before "midnight" of the opening. Ok so this was one of the hardest episodes to pick so far because I love this episode and the episode the car pool lane so I couldn't decide which episode to review as my favourite of another brilliant season 4, I pick this episode over the other because it was an hour long speceal so twice as much Larry and because of another brilliant guest star appearence from David Schwimmer who we all know from the sitcom friends.moreless
  • There's a good episode somewhere in here.

    The season finale, twice the normal length, could be forgiven for making some mistakes. After all, it has to connect the dots that were laid out during the season and keep the laughs coming for double the normal time. (Look at the quality of feature film comedies to see how difficult that can be.)

    I had the feeling that an episode overran and so they made it a one-hour show. A lot of the successful moments of this one are directly derived from the Mel Brooks musical. Apart from the lengthy musical numbers (which Larry does reasonably well) the plot of Brooks trying to sabotage his own show, is the plot of The Producers. The scene in the bar with Anne Bancroft is practically literally taken from the show. When you take all these things out there is only the bit about Schwimmer's watch (which I found cringeworthy) and Larry's problems with OCD and tips. The latter I found the highlight of the show because I too have faced the incomprehensible American system of tipping.moreless
Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft


Guest Star

Tessie Santiago

Tessie Santiago


Guest Star

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks


Guest Star

Richard Kind

Richard Kind

Cousin Andy

Recurring Role

Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky


Recurring Role

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nathan Lane originated the role of Max Bialystock, the character Larry plays, on Broadway in The Producers. Lane won a Tony Award for his performance.

    • When Larry goes to Cady Huffman's dresser room, much of the background looks like the fantasy that Larry had at the end of "The Blind Date."

    • At the restaurant, the pieces of napkin on Larry's head change between shots.

    • Actor Richard Kind plays Larry's cousin Andy. In the episode, Larry is about to go on stage in The Producers as Max Bialystock. Richard Kind actually went on and took over the Max Bialystock on Broadway starring opposite former Spin City co-star Alan Ruck.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (10)

    • The French episode title is "La Première".

    • This episode marked Anne Bancroft's last filmed appearance before her death.

    • This episode earned editor Steve Rasch an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series.

    • Opening Night is the title of the 1st song in The Producers.

    • Aired at 10:00

    • "The Producers" Ensemble:
      Jim Borstelmann
      Madeleine Doherty
      Bryn Dowling
      Kathryn Fitzgerald
      Robert Fowler
      Eric Gunhus
      Kimberley Hester
      Naomi Kakuk
      Charley King
      Kevin Ligon
      Matt Loehr
      Mark Lotito
      Peter Marinos
      Mike McGowan
      Jennifer Smith
      Jenny-Lynn Suckling
      Tracy Terstriep
      Courtney Young
      & The "Producers" Orchestra

    • Guest Cast:
      Peter Appel (doorman #2)
      Nelson Ascencio (room service waiter)
      Yvette Brown (stewardess)
      Bill Buell (drunk)
      Kevin Carolan (bartender)
      Herman Chaves (mugger)
      Stephen Colbert (tourist man)
      Teddy Coluca (bar patron #2)
      Maddie Corman (tourist woman)
      Cynthia Ettinger (fellatio teacher)
      Maziyar Jobrani (Sikh)
      Cindy Lu (in-flight announcer)
      Sarah Knowlton (bar patron #3)
      Zachary Levi (bellmen)
      Nancy McDaniel (bar patron #4)
      Eric Millegan (delivery person)
      Ira Mont (stage manager #1)
      James Palumbo (doorman #1)
      Tessie Santiago (chambermaid)
      Richard Toth (bar patron #1)
      William Wise (newstand owner)
      Lee Wilkof (man in line)
      Steven Zweigbaum (stage manager #2)

    • Jerry Seinfeld has an uncredited cameo.

    • The scene with Mel and Anne in the bar is a recreation of the scene in the movie version of Producers.

    • Everything, except for Larry's adlibbing, is included in The Producers on Broadway.


    • In this episode we discover that the plotline of the season actually resembles the plot of The Producers, i.e. a producer trying to create a flop on purpose. Mel Brooks has apparantly cast Larry hoping that the show would flop so that he, Mel, would be released from the pressure of the play. The scene of Mel and Anne in the bar during the interval is practically taken from The Producers.