Film and television star Jerry O'Connell, now in rehearsals to make his Broadway debut in the World Premiere of Alan Rickman starring in the new comedy SEMINAR by Theresa Rebeck, will co-host "Live! with Regis and Kelly" this Thursday morning, October 13. Mr. O'Connell, who'll be filling in for host Regis Philbin opposite host Kelly Ripa, returns for his fourth time co-hosting the live, national talk show, which he last co-hosted in January 2011. Joining O'Connell and Ripa as Thursday's guests will be country superstar Taylor Swift and "American Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina. "Live with Regis and Kelly" is broadcast live in the New York/Tri-State area weekdays at 9AM (EST) on WABC-TV and is syndicated nationwide (check local listings).
Two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the Harry Potter franchise) will make his eagerly-anticipated return to Broadway starring in the World Premiere of SEMINAR, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Omnium Gatherum, The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, NBC's upcoming TV series "Smash").
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 will also star Tony Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lily Rabe (The Merchant of Venice, Steel Magnolias, this summer's lauded A Doll's House at Williamstown, All Good Things), Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Hamish Linklater (The School for Lies, Twelfth Night, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," The Future), film and television star Jerry O'Connell (Jerry Maguire, Stand By Me, "The Defenders," "Crossing Jordan") in his Broadway debut and actress Hettienne Park (Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... at The Public, "The Good Wife").
Produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry, SEMINAR is now in rehearsals and will begin previews on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Opening Night is set for Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 PM.
In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists (Ms. Rabe, Mr. Linklater, Mr. O'Connell and Ms. Park) sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Mr. Rickman), 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 will feature 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 are now on sale through internet and phone sales by visiting www.telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-620. Tickets may also be purchased in person by going to The Golden Theatre box office (252 West 45th Street).