Performances of the Mary Chase comedy, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly, begin on Broadway Sept. 25 toward an Oct. 1 opening, Playbill On-Line has learned.
The show is currently playing California's Laguna Playhouse through Aug. 31. Previews there began July 8. Opening is July 12.
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.
Reilly (of "Match Game" fame) has directed Broadway productions of The Belle of Amherst, Paul Robeson, Break a Leg, The Nerd and most recently The Gin Game with Harvey star Durning. (Dick Cavett, who had been previously announced to star opposite Durning, is no longer with the project.)
Durning stars in the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd. The actor won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Among his other numerous Broadway credits include Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Inherit the Wind and That Championship Season. Joyce Van Patten — who plays Dowd's sister — made her Broadway debut in Love's Old Sweet Song at the age of five with her older brother Dick. The actress has also starred on Broadway in Same Time, Next Year, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jake's Women and Taller Than A Dwarf. Other credits include "The Danny Kaye Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "The Bad News Bears."
Dick Van Patten — who portrays sanitarium director Dr. Chumley — is perhaps best known for his role as the father on television's "Eight is Enough." The actor has appeared on Broadway in The Skin of Our Teeth, Decision, The Wind Is Ninety, A Very Rich and Thieves.
A third Van Patten family member, James — Dick's son — also plays in the cast that includes William H. Bassett, Jack Betts, Leslie Easterbrook, Pamela Gordon, Stephen O'Mahoney, Erica Shaffer and Jill Van Velzer.
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.
A Broadway on-sale date has not been announced. The Lyceum's most recent tenant was The Play What I Wrote.
Don Gregory's producing credits include The Belle of Amherst, F.D.R., Paul Robeson, Clarence Darrow and Othello with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer (Tony) and revivals of My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Camelot with Richard Burton.