This morning’s Tony Awards nominations have officially claimed their first casualty: Seminar, the biting comedy from Smash creator Theresa Rebeck, will close on Broadway this upcoming Sunday, May 6, after 191 performances and 26 previews.
“On behalf of all our producers, it’s been an honor and a pleasure to produce Theresa Rebeck’s SEMINAR,” said lead producer Jeffrey Finn in a press release. “We’re proud that this production was a World Premiere; the Broadway debut of director Sam Gold; the return to Broadway of Alan Rickman leading a celebrated original cast; and now the return to Broadway of Jeff Goldblum. We’re especially glad that SEMINAR will continue with future U.S. and international engagements, to be announced in the coming weeks.”
The show, which currently stars Jeff Goldbum and Justin Long, opened in November 2011 with Alan Rickman starring as a prickly literary figure teaching a private writing class. Immediately after Rickman departed the show at the beginning of April, grosses for the play dropped more than 50% and have since decreased even further. Though Rickman was thought to be a contender for a Tony nod, the entire show was snubbed, which more than likely is the reason behind its closing notice.
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Justin Long to make Broadway debut alongside Jeff Goldblum in ‘Seminar’
Jeff Goldblum to replace Alan Rickman in Broadway’s ‘Seminar’