By Kenneth Jones
28 Jun 2011
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Directed by acclaimed Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Tigers Be Still, Kin, The Coward), in his Broadway debut, the production marks the commercial Broadway debut of the prolific Rebeck, whose Mauritius was staged on Broadway by the not-for-profit Manhattan Theatre Club.
Billed as a "biting comedy" (what else would you expect with Rickman, a Tony Award-nominated veteran of Private Lives and Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Seminar, according to the producers, is about "four young writers who are thrilled to be participating in a private seminar taught by the brilliant but unpredictable Leonard (Rickman), an international literary legend. But as Leonard deems some students more promising than others, tensions arise. Sex is used as a weapon, alliances are made and broken, and it's not just the wordplay that turns vicious…"
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Rebeck's most recent project is writing the new NBC-TV series "Smash," a scripted hourlong drama about the making of a Broadway musical (coming in 2012). Her plays include Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels and more.
Additional casting and creative team for Seminar will be announced.
Producer Jeffrey Finn's Broadway credits include American Idiot (Tony nomination, Best Musical), A View from the Bridge (Tony nomination, Best Play Revival), Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, On Golden Pond (Tony nomination, Best Play Revival).
Producer Jill Furman was co-lead producer of In the Heights, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008. Also on Broadway, she co-produced the most recent revival of West Side Story, and is also co-producing the national tour, which is currently running; The Drowsy Chaperone; and associate-produced Sly Fox and Fortune's Fool.