In the new promotional poster for Roundabout Theatre Company’s forthcoming Broadway revival of Harvey, Emmy winner Jim Parsons seems like a well-dressed, average guy…with the shadow of a six-foot-tall rabbit looming behind him! A beloved classic since its 1944 premiere, Mary Chase’s comedy is the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his friendship with, that’s right, a giant invisible rabbit named Harvey.
“Jim Parsons has such appeal and a great look,” says Roundabout’s managing director, Harold Wolpert, who was involved in conceptualizing the poster. “We knew we wanted to put him front and center, but part of the play’s charm is that in the mind of his character, Harvey exists and is his best friend, yet nobody else sees him. Figuring out how to portray that was a challenge. How do you cross that line? I hope we got that across in a way that’s not too literal.”
Harvey, which opens at Studio 54 on June 14, also stars Jessica Hecht, Charles Kimbrough, Larry Bryggman, Carol Kane, Peter Benson, Tracee Chimo, Holley Fain, Angela Paton, Rich Sommer, and Morgan Spector. Scott Ellis will direct.