If you had to cast someone today to play the role James Stewart defined in Harvey (on stage as well as screen), it would be the fetching Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon. He’s set to do that this summer on Broadway.
From this interview, it’s clear he understands the part. And did I hear him say Carol Kane was in the cast? If so, kudos to the person who cast this play. She would be ideal as Veta Louise Simmons, the role which earned Josephine Hull her (much-deserved) Oscar. [Alas, Kane will not be playing Veta Louise; in this production, that role went to Jessica Hecht.]
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More often than not, casting is as important as story-telling in theater and film (some would argue it’s more important). And with the good script, assuming they remain faithful to Mary Chase‘s stage- and screenplay, those who make it to New York this summer will be in for quite a treat.