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Sheldon to play Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - May 17, 2012.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

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.]

[chose to remove video which can be found here as the autoplay was annoying some of our readers.]

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.



  1. I don’t watch BBT… But he sure carries himself in this video well for the part. The one thing I dread about this remake…. Is that, in this world of fancy schmancy CGI 3-D whominawhat, they will simply not be able to resist showing the pooka, which will ruin the whole damned movie.

    Comment by sonicfrog — May 17, 2012 @ 8:48 pm - May 17, 2012

  2. Sonic, had a friend in on a script meeting on remake of the movie and he all but walked out when they insisted on doing a digitized pooka. . . .

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 17, 2012 @ 9:10 pm - May 17, 2012

  3. Auto-playing embedded video: BAD BAD BAD.

    Comment by Robert — May 17, 2012 @ 9:40 pm - May 17, 2012

  4. RIP Donna Summer. Your music was empowering and inspirational to so many and you did your part to help liberate the gay community and take self-acceptance and belief to the next level. We are better off because of you. Thank you.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 17, 2012 @ 10:04 pm - May 17, 2012

  5. uh…whats with his eye brows? :0

    Comment by gary — May 17, 2012 @ 10:56 pm - May 17, 2012

  6. Not sure how to block it from auto-playing, Robert. Never happened before when I embedded a video.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 18, 2012 @ 12:05 am - May 18, 2012

  7. Harvey is one of my favorite movies, although it took me a long time to see. My husband was going to take me to the local play, but ended up proposing instead, so we never saw it. On our 25th wedding anniversary, we bought the DVD and invited everyone over for movie night. It is a very fun show.

    Comment by Louise B — May 18, 2012 @ 10:21 am - May 18, 2012

  8. Rather uninspired casting, IMHO. I love Mr. Parsons, and Sheldon is a comic treasure … but … the choice is too, well, obvious.

    Comment by Julie the Jarhead — May 20, 2012 @ 2:18 pm - May 20, 2012

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