A few years ago, I blogged that Steven Spielberg was kicking around the idea of directing a new version of Harvey. Instead, apparently, he opted to work on TinTin, Warhorse, and the upcoming Lincoln film. (Talk about ambition!) However, Mary Chase's heartwarming little comedy is making on comeback, and fortunately instead of returning to the big screen, that mischievous pooka is headed back to Broadway.
In 1944, New York theater goers went wild for a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. Harvey, a sweetly amusing comedy about a man who may or may not be friends with a mythical creature, ran for over 1700 performances. The play was made even more famous when it was adapted for the screen in Jimmy Stewart's 1950 classic.
In June 2012, Mary Chase's tale of whimsical creatures and panicky sisters will open at the Roundabout Theatre. The play will headline Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, a terrific choice to play the role of Elwood P. Dowd. I'm not sure who will be playing the gigantic invisible rabbit.