Jeff Goldblum will return to the Broadway stage in on April 3 for an 8 week run in Seminar. The Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee will assume the leading role of ‘Leonard,’ a spot currently held by two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman. Rickman will play his final performance on Sunday, April 1.
Seminar opened to great reviews last fall at The Golden Theatre. It tells the story of four aspiring young novelist and their participation in private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. He’s recklessly brilliant and utilizes unorthodox teaching methods. Some flourish, while others flounder.
Jeff Goldblum last appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman in 2005, though he’s been acclaimed for more recent appearances in two productions at The Old Vic in London—Speed-the-Plow in 2008 and The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 2010. In each he played opposite Kevin Spacey. Goldblum is also known for his work in film, including roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day. On television he starred as Detective Zach Nichols on Law & Order and last night he made his first appearance Glee as Rachels dad.
Goldblum has big shoes to fill. Alan Rickman was well received, heralded as “Magnificent” by The New York Times and giving “The comic performance of the season” by Time Out.
Seminar is directed by Sam Gold and written by Theresa Rebeck, creator of new musical series Smash. Seminar is produces by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, david Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.
The production feature set and costume design by Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award winner John Gromada.