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HarveyJim Parsons, Angela Paton, Jessica Hecht, Louise Simmons, and Tracee Chimo (l. to r.) in Mary Chase's Harvey.

Spotlight On: Harvey

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.


Spotlight on: Harvey (play revival)
Opening Night - June 14 2012
Final Performance - August 5 2012
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  • The original production of Harvey was directed by Antoinette Perry, the namesake of the Tony Awards.
  • The title character is described in the play as a “pooka,” which is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a mischievous or malignant goblin or specter held in Irish folklore to appear in the form of a horse and to haunt bogs and marshes.” More broadly, a pooka is a shape-shifter that can take many forms, such as a nasty little goblin—or a giant rabbit.


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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.


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