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Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!

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Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Don Gregory, is presenting the new Broadway production of Mary Chase’s Harvey, starring Jim Parsons (Elwood P. Dowd), Jessica Hecht (Veta Louise Simmons), Charles Kimbrough (William R. Chumley, M.D.), Larry Bryggman (Judge Omar Gaffney), Carol Kane (Betty Chumley), Peter Benson (E.J. Lofgren), Tracee Chimo (Myrtle Mae Simmons), Holley Fain (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Angela Paton (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet), Rich Sommer (Duane Wilson), and Morgan Spector (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.). The production is directed by Scott Ellis.

The production officially opened last night, June 14, 2012 for a limited engagement through August 5th, 2012 and BroadwayWorld.com was there to celeberate with the cast at the opening night party!

Parsons 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.

Harvey was first brought to the Broadway stage in 1944 and was directed by Antoinette Perry. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1944, and its initial run lasted for four years—1,775 performances. James Stewart assumed the role of “Elwood” from Frank Fay in the 1944 production and originated the role in the 1970 production as well as the film adaptation in 1950. Helen Hayes played “Veta” opposite Mr. Stewart in the 1970 production.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
David Rockwell

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Peter Benson

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Larry Bryggman

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Rich Sommer

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector & Rich Sommer

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector & Rich Sommer

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector & Rich Sommer

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Morgan Spector & Rich Sommer

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Angela Paton

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Angela Paton

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Carol Kane

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Carol Kane

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Charles Kimbrough

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Charles Kimbrough

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Holley Fain

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Holley Fain

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Tracee Chimo

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Tracee Chimo

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Holley Fain & Tracee Chimo

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Holley Fain & Tracee Chimo

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jessica Hecht & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jessica Hecht & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons & Richard Ridge

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Richard Ridge & Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!
Jim Parsons

Photo Coverage: The Cast of HARVEY Celebrates at Opening Night Party!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.