Breaking Broadway Buzz: Jeff Goldblum to Replace Alan Rickman in SEMINAR
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As much as it pains me to say goodbye to top tier actor Alan Rickman, who originated the role of Leonard in Theresa Rebeck’s outrageously smart comedy Seminar, which opened at the Golden Theatre last November, I am consoled by the fact his replacement will be Jeff Goldblum, who continues to surprise and delight me with his career choices and performance -- particularly his last Broadway outing in 2005 playing a laid-back police interrogator in The Pillowman.
The switchover from droll Brit to quirky American will take place at the beginning of April, with Rickman playing his final performance on the 1st and Goldblum stepping into the role on the 3rd.
Still, if you haven’t yet seen Tony Award nominee/Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Rickman’s performance, I urge you to do so and then return to check out Goldblum’s interpretation which will be quite different and wonderfully worthy of compare & contrast & discuss.
Goldblum’s announcement of his plan to join the five-person cast came last night during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And, incidentally, Goldblum will be showing up in tonight’s episode of Glee.
SEMINAR follows four aspiring young novelists played by Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O’Connell and Hettienne Park, who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. For tickets and more info: SeminarOnBroadway.com
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About the Author: City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre and spa editor for Promenade Magazine as well as theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, Sports Media reporter for The New York Times.
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