Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season 4 Episode 10

Opening Night

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • Cady: People are gonna love you.
      Larry: Why are they gonna love me? People dislike me intensely.

    • Jeff: What the fuck were you thinking!? A picture of Bush, who gives a flying fuck! I'd fuck her with a Bush mask on!

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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