Harvey Skips Boston Run and Heads Straight for Broadway

News   Harvey Skips Boston Run and Heads Straight for Broadway The Broadway-bound production of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey has canceled its pre-Broadway engagement at Boston's Wang Center, Sept. 9-23, and will hop from California's Laguna Playhouse, July 8-Aug. 31, to New York.

In a statement, Wang Center president and CEO Josiah Spaulding, Jr. said, "Unfortunately, after playing in California, the producers must take the show directly to New York to ensure that they are able to secure the theatre they wish to play in." No theatre has been announced.

No production has been named to replace Harvey at Boston's Wang. Patrons who have already purchased tickets are encouraged to exchange them for other Wang Center productions at the point of purchase.

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Harvey starring Charles Durning with Joyce and Dick Van Patten under the direction of Charles Nelson Reilly will play at California's Laguna Playhouse, July 8-Aug. 31. The show is expected to reach Broadway in the fall, according to production spokespersons. Don Gregory produces.

Chase's comedy follows the story of a man who befriends a 6-foot-3-inch rabbit that only he can see. Harvey originally played on Broadway at the 48th Street Theatre, opening Nov. 1, 1944. The production, helmed by Tony Awards namesake Antoinette Perry, played 1,775 performances before closing Jan. 15, 1949. The Pulitzer winner was adapted for the screen in 1950 and starred James Stewart. Tickets to the Laguna run of Harvey will be available for individual sales, June 15. Subscribers can currently purchase their seats. For more information, call (949) 497-2787 or visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.