By Playbill Staff
12 Apr 2012
Theatre: Studio 54
Preview: May 18, 2012
Opening: June 14, 2012
Closing: Aug. 15, 2012
Creators: Play by Mary Chase. Direction by Scott Ellis.
Original Principal Cast: Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd, Jessica Hecht as Veta Louise Simmons and Charles Kimbrough as William R. Chumley, M.D.
Pulitzer-Winning Production: Harvey opened at the 48th Street Theatre in November 1944. Directed by Antoinette Perry, the production featured Frank Fay as Elwood P. Dowd, Josephine Hull as Veta Louise Simmons and Fred Irving Lewis as William R. Chumley, M.D.
Synopsis: Parsons, according to Roundabout Theatre Company, stars as "one of modern theatre’s most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd. Charming and kind, Elwood has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta (Jessica Hecht) takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood — and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit."
Roundabout creatives talk about Harvey: