Jim Parsons going from ‘Big Bang’ to Broadway in ‘Harvey’


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Jim Parsons, who has won back-to-back Emmy Awards for his role as the socially inept Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ will be heading to Broadway in 2012 in the Roundabout’s revival production of ‘Harvey,’ which will play at Studio 54.

Organizers announced Tuesday that ‘Harvey’ would officially open on June 14 (with previews starting May 18), which means the production probably won’t be eligible for the 2012 Tony Awards. The limited-run engagement is set to run through Aug. 5.


Scott Ellis will direct the revival, which will costar Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough. ‘Harvey,’ which won playwright Mary Chase the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1945, tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd (Parsons), a man who imagines he has a tall rabbit friend, much to the concern of his family and friends.

Producers of ‘Harvey’ are presumably working around Parsons’ shooting schedule for ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ The hit sitcom is set to run through at least the 2013-14 season. Parsons recently made his Broadway debut in this year’s production of ‘The Normal Heart,’ by Larry Kramer.

‘Harvey’ was first produced on Broadway in 1944, starring Frank Fay. The 1950 film adaptation starred James Stewart, who also starred in the 1970 Broadway revival of the play.


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-- David Ng