Carol Kane & More Join Jessica Hecht, Jim Parsons & Charles Kimbrough in Roundabout's HARVEY This Spring
Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Don Gregory, has announced the full company for 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), Morgan Spector (Lyman Sanderson, M.D.) and directed by Scott Ellis.
Performances of Harvey will begin on May 18th, 2012 on Broadway at Studio 54 with the official opening set for June 14th, 2012. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through August 5th, 2012.
Two-time Emmy winner and Golden Globe® Award winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") returns to Broadway after his extremely successful debut in Larry Kramer's 2011 Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart and received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back many alumni including Jessica Hecht, having last been seen on their stage in After the Fall (2004) and Howard Katz (2006). Larry Bryggman returns after appearing in Twelve Angry Men (2004) and Picnic (1994). Peter Benson returns after the 2006 Tony winning production of The Pajama Game. Holley Fain returns after the 2010 production of Present Laughter.
Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company. For Roundabout Theatre Company he has directed Twelve Angry Men, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me, Picnic, Company and A Month in the Country.
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.
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.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org. Beginning Monday, April 2nd tickets can be purchased at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $37.00-122.00
Harvey will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.
Jim Parsons (Elwood P. Dowd). Two-time Emmy winner and Golden Globe® Award winner Jim Parsons continues to bring a winning combination of indelible charm, charisma and comedic timing to his roles on screen and on stage, establishing himself as one of Hollywood's leading men. In 2011 and in 2010, Parsons won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and in 2011 he won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his hilarious work as Sheldon Cooper on CBS's hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory." He also received a People's Choice nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and was recently nominated again in 2012. He also received the NAB Television Chairman's Award, which honors significant breakthroughs in television, during the 2010 conference in Las Vegas. In addition, Parsons recently won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association for its very first Critics' Choice Television Awards. Parsons received a Theatre World Award for his debut Broadway performance as Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart, starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Joe Mantello. The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and was presented with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble Performance. The Normal Heart also received nominations from the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Revival of a Play, as well as five Tony Award nominations. Parsons also guest starred in an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom "iCarly" starring Miranda Cosgrove, during its fourth season. He can also be seen in the critically acclaimed and box office hit film The Muppets currently in theaters. In 2009, "The Big Bang Theory" won Best Television Comedy at the People's Choice Award, was selected as an AFI nominee and also won the TCA award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Parsons has been nominated two years in a row (2009 and 2010) for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, in addition to winning the award in 2009. TV GUIDE calls Parsons "a marvelous discovery, creating the most hysterical misfit since Monk." "The Big Bang Theory" has helped CBS launch their Thursday night comedy line-up, regularly winning the night across all networks. Additional film credits include David Frankel's The Big Year, opposite Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, Todd Phillips School for Scoundrels opposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder as well as Chris Terrio's Heights opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden for Merchant/Ivory. He has also created scene stealing roles in several independent films such as Zach Braff's Garden State, Kevin Connolly's Gardner of Eden and Danny Leiner's The Great New Wonderful. Parsons has performed in many stage productions including The Castle for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Countess for the Globe Theater as well as The Tempest and As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Parsons has earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from The Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jessica Hecht (Veta Louise Simmons) just completed filming The English Teacher, a comedy with Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, and Nathan Lane. She portrays the famous anarchist "Emma Goldman" in J. Edgar with Leonardo DiCaprio for director Clint Eastwood for Warner Brothers. She will be seen in 2012 with Morgan Freeman in The Summer of Monte Wildhorn directed by Rob Reiner and as Jonah Hill's mother in The Sitter for 20th Century Fox. Her other films include Helena From the Wedding an ensemble drama from Beech Hill Films and appeared in Fair Game with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, The Winning Season opposite Sam Rockwell, My Soul to Take directed by horror master Wes Craven. She also appeared with Larry David in Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Dan in Real Life with Steve Carrell, Starting out in the Evening with Frank Langella, Sideways with Paul Giamatti, The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, and The Grey Zone directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Ms. Hecht's television work is extensive and most recently includes the HBO pilot "Spring/Fall"; a recurring role opposite Ted Danson on "Bored to Death" as well as a recurring role on the Emmy nominated cable hit "Breaking Bad"(AMC) opposite Bryan Cranston. Well known for her 5 season recur as "Susan" on "Friends" (NBC), she starred with Jonathan Silverman in "The Single Guy" (NBC) and with Joan Cusack in "What about Joan?" (ABC) created by James Brooks. Equally adept in drama or comedy, her many memorable performances include appearances on "The Good Wife", "Nurse Jackie", "CSI", "Medium", "ER", "Law & Order", "Law & Order" SVU", "Homicide: Life on the Street", "Seinfeld" and "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" with Tom Selleck. Ms. Hecht completed her eighth season at the world famous Williamstown Theatre Festival where she performed as "Blanche" opposite Sam Rockwell's "Stanley" in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by David Cromer. One of New York's most respected stage actors, Jessica is proud to have been nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for her performance as "Beatrice" in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in which she starred with fellow nominees Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johanssen. She recently appeared in the revival of Neil Simon's award winning play Brighton Beach Memoirs. Her other Broadway credits include Arthur Miller's After the Fall (Roundabout Theatre Company), Shakespeare's Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington and the world premiere of the Tony Award winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Her many Off-Broadway starring roles include Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal (Classic Stage Co.), Make Me (Atlantic Theater), The House in Town (Lincoln Center) Stop, Kiss (The Public), Lobster Alice and Plunge (Playwrights Horizons), Flesh and Blood (N.Y. Theater Workshop) and The Fourth Sister (Vineyard Theatre). Jessica lives in New York with her husband, Adam Bernstein, and two wonderful children, Stella and Carlo.
Charles Kimbrough (William R. Chumley, M.D.) NY Philharmonic: My Fair Lady. Encores: No, No Nanette. Select Broadway: The Merchant of Venice, Accent on Youth, HayFever, Sunday in the Park…, Company (Tony Nomination), Cop-Out, Candide, Same Time, Next Year; The Water Engine. Off-Broadway: The Fourth Wall, Tartuffe, Sylvia, Later Life, Drinks Before Dinner, All in Love. TV: "Murphy Brown" (Emmy Nomination), "Ally McBeal," "The Nanny," "Family Guy," "The Love Boat - The Next Wave," "The Recovery Room," "Concealed Enemies," "Kojak." Film: Marci X, The Wedding Planner, The Good Mother, Switching Channels.
Larry Bryggman (Judge Omar Gaffney). Broadway: Twelve Angry Men, Proof (Tony nom.), Picnic (Tony nom.), Prelude to a Kiss, Richard lll, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Festen. Off Broadway: includes Edward Albee's Occupant, Groundswell. Romance (Obie), CQ/CX, The Collection & A Kind Of Alaska, 10x25 One Acts, Hothouse, Once in a Lifetime (all Atlantic), Proof, New England (MTC), Prelude and Liebestod (MCC), A Bad Friend, Bodies Rest and Motion (LCT), King Lear, Henry Vlll, The Tempest, As You Like It, Henry lV Parts l and ll, Coriolanus, Rum and Coke, The Ballad of Soapy Smith, Museum, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Mod Donna (all The Public). Film: Spy Game, Die Hard with a Vengeance, And Justice For All, Looking for Richard, Side By Each, Family Games. An Obie for Sustained Excellence. Two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Actor. Mr. Bryggman is a member of the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Carol Kane (Betty Chumley) made her theatre debut in the 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Tammy Grimes. Since then she has appeared on the New York Stage both on and off-Broadway. Plays include Beth Henley's Family Week, and The Debutant Ball. She co-starred with Gena Rowland's in the John Cassavettes play, Woman of Mystery directed by John Cassavettes. At Lincoln Center for Joe Papp her performances include The Tempest and Macbeth as well as many other plays at The Public Theatre, including Wasp and Other Plays by Steve Martin. She starred alongside Shelley Winters on Broadway in The Effect of Gama Rays, on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. In addition Kane has been seen on Broadway and Los Angeles, starring as MadameMorrible in Wicked. Last year as Kane was seen as Gingy in Nora & Delia Ephron's off-Broadway hit, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (NY and LA). Most recently she was see in Ian Rickson's West End production of The Children's Hour with Keira Knightly, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn. Kane made her film debut in Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge, other films include, Wedding in White co-starring with Donald Pleasence,,The Last Detail for Director Hal Ashby, Dog Day Afternoon, Director Sidney Lumet, Annie Hall diected by Woody Allen, The Lemon Sisters co-starring Diane Keaton and Katherine Grody, The Princess Bride, Director Rob Reiner, Scrooged Director Dick Donner, My Blue Heaven written by Nora Ephron, as well as Steve Buscemi's Tres Lounge, Adams Family Values, When a Stranger Calls, Flashback starring Dennis Hopper, The Worlds Greatest Lover co-starring Gene Wilder, and The Muppet Movie just to name just a few. Most recently Kane's performed in Mike Birbiglia's Sleep Walk With Me , the film was awarded the Best of NEXT award at the Sundance Film Festival. Kane was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her performance in Joan Micklin Silver's film Hester Street. Her television credits include: Simka, wife of Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the television series "Taxi." For which she won two Emmy awards. "Pearl," "All Is Forgiven" and "Chicago Hope" where she garneed another Emmy nomination. She was seen as Richard Belzer's ex-wife on "Law & Order: SVU," as well as the television series "Two and Half Men."