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Jim Parsons Will Return to Broadway This Spring in AN ACT OF GOD as...GOD, with Joe Mantello Set to Direct!

This Just In! Jim Parsons is headed back to Broadway! Producer Jeffrey Finn announced today that four-time Emmy® winner and Golden Globe® Award winner Jim Parsons will play God on Broadway in the new comedy An Act of God.

Two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello will direct the play, which is based on the critically acclaimed book written by God and transcribed by David Javerbaum. Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy Award® winner for his work as a head writer and executive producer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and also curator of the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, which has over 1.75 million followers.

When reached for comment through His press agent, God described An Act of God as "A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind.

I chose Jim to play Me because I relish the irony of telling the real story of the Six Days of Creation through the star of "The Big Bang Theory." Plus, he's funny. The theater was also chosen for ironic reasons, as Studio 54 - up to this point - has been the single most God-less place in the universe. And as for our director, Joe Mantello, that was not ironic. I've been a fan of his since Wicked!"

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An Act of God begins performances on May 5, 2015 and officially opens on May 28, 2015 on Broadway at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). The show, like humanity itself, will run as a limited engagement.

Casting of two angels and the design team will be announced shortly.

JIM PARSONS (God). Theater credits include Harvey (Broadway, Roundabout at Studio 54), The Normal Heart (Broadway, Golden Theatre, Theatre World Award nominee), Merton of the Movies (Broadway, Roundabout at Studio 54), The Castle (Manhattan Ensemble Theater), The Countess (San Diego, Globe Theater), The Tempest and As You Like It (Houston Shakespeare Festival). Television credits include "The Big Bang Theory" (Four-time Emmy winner, Golden Globe Award winner and SAG nominee), "The Normal Heart" (Emmy nominee), "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas". Film credits include the upcoming Home (DreamWorks Animation, March 27, 2015), Visions, Wish I Was Here, Garden State and School for Scoundrels. Parsons earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I'll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Wicked, Blackbird, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, bash, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi. Film: Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony Award nomination), Angels in America (Tony Award nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.

GOD (Playwright) is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. His previous novels, The Old Testament, The New Testament, and The Koran, have sold an impressive 5 billion copies, with the first two in particular coming to be collectively regarded as something of a bible of their field. An Act of God will be his first work written directly for the stage, although his 1827 comic romp The Book of Mormon was recently adapted into a successful Broadway musical. God lives in heaven with his wife, Ruth, and their children, Zach, Jesus, and Kathy. You can follow him at your local church, synagogue, or mosque, or @TheTweetOfGod.

DAVID JAVERBAUM (Adaptor) is a former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is the co-author of that show's bestsellers America: The Book and Earth: The Book. He was nominated for a Tony for co-writing the score to the 2008 musical Cry-Baby and has written many of Neil Patrick Harris' songs for the Tony Awards, including "Broadway is Not Just for Gays Anymore". He currently works as a producer for the upcoming The Late Late Show with James Corden.

JEFFREY FINN (Producer) is a three-time Tony Award nominee. Broadway: The Elephant Man, The Realistic Joneses, I'll Eat You Last, Dead Accounts, Scandalous, Seminar, American Idiot, A View from the Bridge, Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, and On Golden Pond. Upcoming projects include The Honeymooners, a new musical based on the Legendary CBS television series. Jeffrey received the 2013 Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing.


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