By Kenneth Jones
15 Feb 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Already announced for the Mary Chase play — about lovable Elwood P. Dowd, who befriends a 6-foot-tall rabbit that no one else can see — were two-time Emmy Award winner Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory," Broadway's The Normal Heart), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge) and Tony nominee Charles Kimbrough (Company, Sunday in the Park With George, "Murphy Brown").
Roundabout is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy in association with producer Don Gregory (The Belle of Amherst). Previews begin May 18 at Studio 54. The official opening is June 14. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Aug. 5.
Now directed by Scott Ellis, the 1944 Broadway play was first directed by Antoinette Perry, namesake of the Tony Awards. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1944, and ran for four years. (James Stewart made the role famous in the film; he took over the Broadway role from 1944 originator Frank Fay.)
In the new production, Kimbrough plays William R. Chumley, M.D.; Bryggman (CQ/CX, Proof) plays Judge Omar Gaffney; Kane (Wicked, "Taxi") plasy Betty Chumley; Benson (Promises, Promises; Wonderful Town) plays E.J. Lofgren; Chimo (Off-Broadway's The Break of Noon, Circle Mirror Transformation) plays Myrtle Mae Simmons; Fain (Roundabout's Present Laughter) plays Ruth Kelly, R.N.; Paton (a veteran of A.C.T. productions in San Francisco) plays Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet; Sommer (Harry Crane of TV's "Mad Men") plays Duane Wilson; Spector (Rodolfo of the 2010 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge) plays Lyman Sanderson, M.D.
The design team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lights) and Obadiah Eaves (sound).
Tony Award nominee Ellis is the associate artistic director of Roundabout Theatre Company. For Roundabout, he has directed Twelve Angry Men, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me, Picnic, Company and A Month in the Country.
Harvey will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 PM.
Beginning April 2, tickets can be purchased at the Studio 54 box office (254 W. 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $37-$122.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.