Jim Parsons starred in the Broadway comedy about a man whose best friend is a 6' 1-1/2" rabbit, whom no one else believes is real.
One of Broadway’s most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd (played by Jim Parsons) is charming and kind, with only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family reputation, Elwood’s sister, Veta (Jessica Hecht), takes him to the local sanitarium. But when Dr. William Chumley (Charles Kimbrough) mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos.
Mary Chase’s play premiered on Broadway in 1944. A 1950 film followed, starring James Stewart, who also headlined in the play’s only other Broadway revival, in 1970. There have been three television versions of the play.