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The Harvey Broadway revival is receiving praise the summer. The original Pulitzer Prize-winning play boasts a fun and gifted cast for its limited run. The talented cast includes the popular Jim Parsons, the two-time Emmy winner and star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Harvey tells an often hilarious tale of main character Elwood's friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit. The comedic play opened at the Studio 54 Theatre on June 14, 2012.
The Harvey Broadway premiere was back on November 1, 1944 at the 48th Street Theatre. The original production enjoyed great commercial success running for 1,775 performances with final curtain on January 15, 1949. Antoinette Perry directed cast members Frank Fay as Elwood P. Dowd and Josephine Hull. The play was created by American playwright Mary Chase. Chase would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work in 1945. After the Broadway, show closed a London production began running in 1949 Prince of Wales Theatre. On February 24, 1970, the first Broadway revival was staged. The production ran through May 2, 1970. The first revival starred a great cast of starred James Stewart and Helen Hayes.
Harvey tells the tale of Elwood's friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit dubbed Harvey. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s socialite sister Veta takes him to the local sanatorium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a farce of blunders follows. Doctors accidentally commit his anxiety-ridden sister; Elwood and Harvey go off on an adventure. Soon the doctors see their blunder and begin trying to correct it. The hospital staff begin to become intrigued with Elwood, and he has a profound influence on them. The doctors come up with an injection which will return Elwood to "normal." Veta faces a complicated decision on whether to change her brother permanently for her social gain or to accept him for who he is.
Harvey is well-written and highly entertaining. Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough will also join the cast in the revival by Mary Chase and directed by Scott Ellis, playing Veta Louise Simmons and William R. Chumley, MD, respectively. Preview performances for Harvey will begin May 18, 2012 at Studio 54. Parsons previously wooed critics with his performance as Tommy Boatwright in "Normal Heart," which was staged on Broadway. Harvey Broadway tickets are a sure bet for laughs and entertainment this summer on Broadway. With a short limited run make sure not to miss out!
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