The staging, which was not embraced by critics at its pre-Broadway engagement at Laguna Playhouse, will conclude its run at the California venue, Aug. 31. Producer Don Gregory wishes to rework the new staging before bringing the show to New York. No new dates have been announced. The Charles Nelson Reilly-directed comedy was first announced to play at Boston's Wang Center following a run at Laguna. The producer, however, decided to skip Boston to secure a Broadway house for the fall. At one point, the play was expected to begin at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre Sept. 25 toward an Oct. 1 opening. After I Am My Own Wife announced its plans for the Lyceum, the work was thought to be headed to the Cort Theatre.
Mary Chase's durable, amiable 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 play won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted for the screen as a 1950 vehicle for James Stewart.
Tickets to Harvey at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA, can be purchased by calling (949) 497-2787. For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.