Nov. 17 Performance of Broadway's Seminar Canceled

News   Nov. 17 Performance of Broadway's Seminar Canceled
The Nov. 17 performance of Seminar, Theresa Rebeck's new play about the creative and personal tensions of four young novelists who are taking a private writing class with a potentially damaging teacher, played by Alan Rickman — an actor often on the brink of a sneer —  has been canceled due to the illness of Rickman.

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman Joseph Marzullo/WENN

In a statement producer Jeffrey Finn said, “On behalf of all the producers, we deeply regret having to cancel tonight’s performance of Seminar due to Alan Rickman coming down with an acute respiratory infection. Mr. Rickman has never missed a stage performance in his entire career. He, the producers and the entire Company are deeply disappointed not to be able to deliver a show this evening. We all feel it’s in the best interest for everyone to be as healthy as possible prior to our opening this coming Sunday. We will resume performances tomorrow night, Friday, November 18.”


At the Golden Theatre on West 45th Street, the writers in the orbit of Rickman's novelist-editor are played by Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe (The Merchant of Venice) and Broadway newcomers Jerry O'Connell (Hollywood's "Stand By Me" and "Jerry Maguire" and TV's "Crossing Jordan" and "The Defenders"); Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater (the recent School for Lies Off-Broadway and TV's "The New Adventures of Old Christine"); and Hettienne Park (Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures).

Tony Award nominee Rickman has been celebrated for Broadway's Private Lives and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He was Prof. Snape in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, and a particularly memorable screen villain in "Die Hard."

Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, We Live Here) directs, making his Broadway debut. Opening night is Nov. 20.

Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

In Seminar, according to the producers, "four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy."

Rebeck is the prolific Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner known for her plays Mauritius, Our House, The Scene, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels and Poor Behavior. She is the creator and showrunner of NBC's upcoming series about musical theatre people "Smash." The production features 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.

The play's producers are Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

Tickets are $51.50-126.50, with Premium seating also available. Tickets are also on sale at or by calling (212) 239-6200.


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