Jim Parsons channels Jimmy Stewart in his first Broadway lead
Jim Parsons is more than just a big dork.
The Houston-raised actor has two Emmys and a Golden Globe for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, but he's stepping into a new role this summer — on Broadway.
Parsons will play the lead in the revival of Harvey at the Roundabout Theater beginning on May 18, 2012 (in previews) and running from June 14 through Aug. 5. It's not Parsons' first time on the Great White Way — he had a supporting role in the Tony-winning revival of The Normal Heart last summer, playing a young gay activist.
In Harvey, Parson will portray Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is an invisible, six-foot-tall rabbit, and whose socialite sister tries to have him committed in a mental hospital. The play, which earned a Pulitzer for writer Mary Chase, will be directed by Scott Ellis and also star Jessica Hecht as Elwood’s sister, and Charles Kimbrough as the mental hospital director.
As Dowd, Parson will be inviting comparisons to another lanky comedian: Jimmy Stewart, who played the role in much of Harvey's original 1940s run, as well as in the movie adaptation and a 1970 revival.
Do you think Parsons could be the next Jimmy Stewart? What other Broadway roles would you like to see him in?