Roundabout Theatre Company, led by Artistic Director Todd Haimes, in association with Don Gregory bring Mary Chase’s Harvey to the Broadway stage for a strictly limited engagement at Studio 54.
The story of Harvey surrounds the madcap adventures of "Elwood P. Dowd," a gentle, lovable, mostly reputable man except that his best friend is a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit, "Harvey." "Elwood's" sister "Veta" attempts to save the family from social ridicule by having "Elwood" committed to a mental institution, but "Elwood" (and "Harvey") outwit her and the doctors, escaping just in time for her to be committed. Thus begins a comedy of errors as the entire town tries to catch "Elwood" and his imaginary friend, a huge but invisible white rabbit, "Harvey."
Harvey first premiered on Broadway in 1944 and was directed by Antoinette Perry, the woman for whom the Tony Award is named. The play won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and its initial Broadway run lasted an astonishing 1,775 performances. James Stewart, also known as "Jimmy Stewart," took over the role of “Elwood” from Frank Fay in the original production, playing the lead role in both the 1950 film version of the play and the Broadway revival in 1970. Legendary "First Lady of the American Theatre" Helen Hayes played “Veta” opposite Stewart in the 1970 production.
Starring in the 2012 Broadway revival of Harvey is two-time Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons as "Elwood P. Dowd." The star of the hit TV comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," returns to the Great White Way following his acclaimed Broadway debut in 2011 in Larry Kramer’s Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart. Parsons received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for his work in The Normal Heart.
Joining Parsons on stage for this whirlwind trip of zany confusion are Jessica Hecht as "Veta Louise Simmons," Charles Kimbrough as "William R. Chumley, M.D.," Larry Bryggman as "Judge Omar Gaffney," Carol Kane as "Betty Chumley," Peter Benson as "E.J. Lofgren," Tracee Chimo as "Myrtle Mae Simmons," Holley Fain as "Ruth Kelly, R.N.," Angela Paton as "Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet," Rich Sommer as "Duane Wilson," and Morgan Spector as "Lyman Sanderson, M.D."
Leading the production of Harvey is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company and Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis. Ellis 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.
Assisting with the design of the show are Scenic Designer David Rockwell, Costume Designer Jane Greenwood, Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner, and Sound Designer Obadiah Eaves.
Roundabout Theatre Company has featured several of the Harvey performers in previous productions at the RTC. Jessica Hecht, "Veta," was seen in RTC's productions of After the Fall in 2004 and Howard Katz in 2006. Larry Bryggman, "Judge Omar Gaffney," wowed audiences in Twelve Angry Men in 2004 and Picnic in 1994. Peter Benson, "E.J. Lofgren," appeared in the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Revival production of The Pajama Game. Holley Fain, "Ruth Kelly, R.N.," returns to RTC, having been seen in the 2010 production of Present Laughter.
The Roundabout Theatre Company's 2012 Broadway revival production of Harvey has a standard Broadway schedule of eight performances per week with Mondays dark. Performance times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the show's website.