Justin Long, the star of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and Apple television ads, will be making his Broadway debut when he joins “Seminar” later this year. He will take over the role of Martin from Hamish Linklater starting on April 3, and his stint in the show will last eight weeks. It was previously announced that Jeff Goldblum also will join the cast that same day.
The play, by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck, is described thusly: “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.”
Sam Gold directs the production, which is held at the Golden Theatre. Performances began on October 27. The cast is comprised of five actors, and more casting changes are expected to be announced soon.
Long has appeared in multiple films and television shows, and got his start as a member of Laughingstock, the comedy troupe of Vassar College. In addition to “He’s Just Not That Into You,” he has appeared in “Waiting,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Jeepers Creepers/” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “The Break Up” and “Youth in Revolt.” On the television side, he has been seen in NBC’s “Ed” and most recently making an appearance alongside Zooey Deschanel on Fox’s series “New Girl.”
Additionally, Long starred in a long-running series of Apple computer commercials for the “Get a Mac” campaign. He played “a Mac” to John Hodgman’s “PC.” Though he hasn’t appeared on Broadway, he has spent three summers at Williamstown Theatre Festival.