Emmy Winner Jim Parsons in Negotiations to Star in Broadway Revival of Harvey
17 Nov 2011
Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons, who made his Broadway debut last season in the Tony-winning The Normal Heart, is currently in discussions to star in a spring 2012 Broadway revival of Harvey, according to The New York Times.
Parsons, who stars on TV's "The Big Bang Theory," would play the role of Elwood P. Dowd in Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy for Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout declined to comment to The Times.
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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.