Invisible Rabbit is a Sight to See as “Harvey” opens on Broadway

BY ALAN McGEORGE

Gone are the strobe lights and dance floor at Studio 54 in Manhattan … the theatre sold out on Sunday for the opening week of “Harvey.”

Harvey is a six-foot-tall rabbit invisible to everyone except Elwood, much to the exasperation of his sister, Veta. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Veta takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood—and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

Set in 1944 in Denver, Colorado, Harvey is a lighthearted comedy featuring a mischievous invisible rabbit who frolics around the stage throughout the evening. Doors open on their own accord, book pages flip and curtains open by themselves in this whimsical production. Emmy winner Jim Parsons is charismatic as Elwood, a magnetic man who keeps the whole town smiling—except his fretting sister Veta (played by Jessica Hecht). The play’s setting alternates between Elwood and Veta’s majestic home and the sterile reception room at the sanatorium, Chumley’s Rest. An animated cast of ensemble characters adds excitement, drama and humor to the production.

Television phenomenon Madmen’s Richard Sommer is thrilled to share the stage with Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Jessica Hecht, citing in particular their ability to move from screen to stage and back, “something I’d love to be able to do in my career.”

After the show, fans greet the actors outside the stage door, who graciously sign playbills before being whisked away in dark-windowed SUVs.

Fans could not get Jim Parsons to say his famous “Big Bang” made up word, which was written across their chests … “sorry, can’t say it while I am doing a different show,” he smiled. The show is worth seeing before the television actors resume their “day jobs.”