So, I know quite a few people, myself included, are fans of Mr. Alan Rickman so I thought I’d spread the news that, barring unforeseen casting changes, he will be returning to Broadway this fall in a new contemporary play, “Seminar.” Mr. Rickman hasn’t been on Broadway since 2002′s revival of “Private Lives” and only one other time before that in 1987′s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses;” a show I’m still trying to devise a way to travel back in time to see. His recent stint at BAM, which I did have the good fortune to see doesn’t count, that’s pretty far off-Broadway.
The new play, ”Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck, has been described as both a ”dark” and “biting” comedy and the official producers description is:
“…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…”
“Vicious wordplay” that sounds like it’s right up Mr. Rickman’s alley. I will be tracking this show and it’s release may very well be the determining factor in a fall/winter Broadway trip. Stay tuned…