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Jerry Seinfeld returning to Broadway -- as a director

September 21, 2010 | 10:49 am

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is returning to Broadway this fall, but you won't be seeing him on stage. The funnyman will be working behind the scenes as a director for fellow comedian Colin Quinn's show "Long Story Short," which organizers said will open Nov. 9 at the Helen Hayes Theater.

"Long Story Short," which Seinfeld directed at the off-Broadway Bleecker Street Theatre earlier this year, is a 75-minute compendium of world history told by Quinn in brisk comic fashion. The show is said to cover personalities as varied as Julius Caesar to Snooki from MTV's reality TV show "Jersey Shore."

The Broadway engagement will begin preview performances on Oct. 22, and the entire run is scheduled to end Jan. 8.

Quinn discusses his collaboration with Seinfeld on "Long Story Short" in the video clip above.

In his review of the off-Broadway production, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood wrote that Quinn "brings his own distinctive every-guy's perspective to the galumphing march of civilization" and that the show's "humor is rarely savage or seriously insulting."

Seinfeld previously worked on Broadway in 1998 in his benefit show "Jerry Seinfeld: Live on Broadway," which had a brief run at the Broadhurst Theatre. 

Quinn, who worked on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for several seasons as a writer and performer, previously appeared on Broadway in 1998 in his solo show "Colin Quinn -- An Irish Wake."

-- David Ng

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