THE WEEK AHEAD, May 12-18: Magic/Bird and Leap of Faith End Broadway Runs; Harvey Begins

By Blake Ross
12 May 2012

Jim Parsons
Photo by Maarten de Boer

Wednesday, May 16
GO (FREE)→ The York Theatre Company will open its doors to the public to check out its latest work in progress, the musical In Love with Jobim. The series of free concerts features music by the late Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim — most famous for penning "The Girl From Ipanema." Starring Jeff McCarthy, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Curt Hansen and Ken Land. (3 PM and 7 PM, through May 17, The Theatre at Saint Peter's 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St. Info/waiting list for tickets.)

Thursday, May 17
GO→ Disney Theatrical Productions' head honcho Tom Schumacher hosts and moderates a series of interviews for Music-Theatre Group. The series will kick off with an interview with Tony-winning director Julie Taymor and Tony-nominated songwriter Elliot Goldenthal. On June 7, Schumacher will chat with Porgy and Bess' Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus and Sleep No More producer Randy Weiner. (7:30 PM, The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Info/tickets.)

Friday, May 18
PREVIEWS→ Jim Parsons returns to Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey. Parsons plays Elwood P. Dowd (a part made famous by Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 film version), the kind, eccentric bachelor who befriends an invisible 6-foot pooka (in the form of a rabbit) named Harvey. Also starring Carol Kane and Tony nominees Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough. Directed by Scott Ellis. (Officially opens June 14. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave. Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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