With this season of The Big Bang Theory wrapped up, and the new season not scheduled to start production until later this summer, everyone's favorite theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper...or as he's actually known, two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, is spending the summer with an invisble rabbit. Well, he's playing the lead in a Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Harvey.
Parsons plays Elwood P. Dowd, a friendly but eccentric guy whose best friend is Harvey, a 6-foot, 3-and-a-half inch tall invisible rabbit. His socially mortified family attempts to have Elwood committed, which goes all sorts of wrong, and hilarity ensues. The role was made famous by James Stewart, who not only received an Oscar nomination for the film version of Harvey in 1950, he also played Elwood again in a Broadway revival in 1970. Parsons revealed in a NY Times interview recently that he hasn't yet seen the film version, to avoid trying to make his performance an imitation of Stewart's.
Courtesy of BroadwayWorld, we now have a press reel of clips from the play, which are pretty damn funny. Any Big Bang fans who want to see Parsons flex his stage chops should definitely check it out:
Yes, Mad Men fans, that was also Rich Sommer playing the sanitarium attendant. Also in the cast are Jessica Hecht, Charles Kimbrough, and Carol Kane.
Harvey is previews now at NY's Studio 54, and will officially opened for a limited run from June 14 through August 5.