Zoe Lister-Jones to Join Jeff Goldblum, Justin Long in SEMINAR, 4/3
Zoe Lister-Jones (The Little Dog Laughed, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, her own Codependence Is a Four-Letter Word, Salt, Breaking Upwards, NBC's "Whitney," Fox Searchlight's upcoming Lola Versus) will join Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum (The Pillowman, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and Film and Television star Justin Long (He's Just Not That Into You, The Break Up, Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball, "Ed") beginning Tuesday, April 3 in the cast of the Broadway season's hit comedy SEMINAR by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, Omnium Gatherum, "NYBD Blue," NBC's new hit series "Smash").
In addition, current acclaimed stars Jerry O'Connell (Jerry Maguire, Stand By Me, "The Defenders," "Crossing Jordan") and Hettienne Park (Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide… at The Public, "The Good Wife") will extend their runs. Directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Kin, Look Back in Anger, The Big Meal), SEMINAR plays at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).
Ms. Lister-Jones will assume the role of 'Kate' from Lily Rabe. Mr. O'Connell ("Hilarious" – USA Today) and Ms. Park ("Wonderful" – Variety) will continue their praised performances as 'Douglas' and 'Izzy.' As previously-announced, Mr. Goldblum will assume the role of 'Leonard' from star Alan Rickman and Mr. Long will assume the role of 'Martin' from Hamish Linklater. Mr. Rickman, Mr. Linklater and Ms. Rabe will give their final performances on Sunday, April 1. The new cast will perform together beginning Tuesday, April 3 for 8 weeks only. SEMINAR marks Mr. Goldblum's return to Broadway and Mr. Long's Broadway debut.
Zoe Lister-Jones previously appeared on Broadway in The Little Dog Laughed in a role she created at Second Stage. Other New York stage credits include The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout), The Accomplices (New Group) and her one-woman show Codependence is a Four-Letter Word, which she produced, wrote and starred in (PS 122). She is the executive producer, co-writer and star of Fox Searchlight's upcoming film Lola
Versus, and she co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy Breaking Upwards. Currently she can be seen as 'Lily' on NBC's new hit comedy "Whitney." Other recent screen credits include The Other Guys, Salt, State of Play, Shadows and Lies, The Wedding Bros, Adult Swim's "Delocated" and CBS' "The Good Wife."
Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum is a celebrated actor in Theater, Film and Television, who last appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman in 2005. More recently, he's been acclaimed for starring in two productions for The Old Vic in London, Speed-the-Plow (2008) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (2010). His diverse film credits include some of the highest-grossing films of all-time, include Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as such classics as Nashville, Death Wish, The Big Chill, Annie Hall, The Life Aquatic, Igby Goes Down and The Fly. On television, he most recently starred as Detective Zach Nichols on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on "Will & Grace" and recently guest starred on the hit series "Glee."
Justin Long is a versatile talent in both Film and Television with roots on the comedy stage. His many film credits include Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, Live Free or Die Hard, He's Just Not That Into You, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Accepted, The Break Up, After Life, Youth in Revolt, Going the Distance, Funny People and his break-out roles in Galaxy Quest and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. TV audiences know him as 'Warren Cheswick' on the NBC series "Ed" and 'Paul' on the FOX series "New Girl." He got his start in comedy as a member of Vassar College's comedy troupe, Laughingstock, and his theatrical stage credits include three summers at Williamstown Theatre Festival. SEMINAR marks Mr. Long's Broadway debut.
Jerry O'Connell is perhaps best known to film audiences for his acclaimed performances as Quarterback Frank Cushman in the hit Jerry Maguire and his debut as Vern Tessio in the classic Stand By Me. On television, recent series starring roles include Pete Kaczmarek on the CBS comedic drama "The Defenders" and Detective Woody Hoyt on the NBC hit drama "Crossing Jordan." His many other film and television credits include Scream 2; Obsessed; Can't Hardly Wait; Mission to Mars; Yours, Mine and Ours; Man About Town; "Sliders" and "The '60s." SEMINAR marks Mr. O'Connell's Broadway debut.
Hettienne Park appeared Off-Broadway last season in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at The Public. Her film and television work includes Bride Wars, Year of the Fish, Never Forever, Young Adult with Charlize Theron, "Mercy," "The Good Wife" and "Damages." SEMINAR marks Ms. Park's Broadway debut.
SEMINAR opened to rave reviews on Sunday, November 20, 2011 and has been showered with year-end accolades and "Best of 2011" lists. The play has been cheered as "The funniest show on Broadway" (WOR Radio), "A wonderful new comedy" (Associated Press) and a "Must-see" (Time Out). Mr. Rickman has been hailed by critics with some of the best reviews of his illustrious career, heralded as "Magnificent" by The New York Times and giving "The comic performance of the season" (Time Out).
The entire original cast of SEMINAR – also including Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O'Connell and Hettienne Park – has been celebrated as "Extraordinary" (USA Today), "Brilliant" (Wall Street Journal), "Astonishingly talented" (New York) and a "Champion ensemble" (New York Post)
Alan Rickman is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.
In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists (Ms. Rabe, Mr. Linklater, Mr. O'Connell and Ms. Park through April 1; Mr. Long, Ms. Lister-Jones, Mr. O'Connell and Ms. Park as of April 3) sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Mr. Rickman through April 1; Mr. Goldblum as of April 3), 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.
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.
Tickets for SEMINAR are $51.50-126.50, with Premium seating also available. Tickets can be purchase by visiting www.telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or going in person to The Golden Theatre box office (252 West 45th Street).
The performance schedule for SEMINAR is Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2PM and Sunday matinees at 3PM.