Jim Parsons Set to Play God on Broadway

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Jim Parsons

The 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Normal Heart' actor will lead 'An Act of God,' based on David Javerbaum's book 'The Last Testament: A Memoir By God.'

Jim Parsons is heading back to Broadway — in his most holy role to date. 

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Big Bang Theory actor will star as the Almighty in a limited engagement of An Act of God, a new comedy based on the book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, producer Jeffrey Finn announced Thursday. Previews will begin May 5 at Studio 54, ahead of its May 28 opening.

Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, Wicked) will direct the 90-minute play that has God revealing the mysteries of the Bible and answering humanity's greatest existential questions. Casting of two angels and the design team will be announced at a later date. 101 Productions, Ltd. will serve as executive producers of the production.

The critically-acclaimed 2011 book is billed as being transcribed by former Daily Show with Jon Stewart head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum, who is also a Tony nominee with co-writer Adam Schlesinger for their score to the 2008 musical Cry-Baby. He won two Emmys — in addition to his 11 with The Daily Show — for co-writing songs (again with Schlesinger) performed by host Neil Patrick Harris on the Tony Awards two years running.

Parsons returns to Broadway after making his debut in The Normal Heart in 2011 and starring in the revival Harvey in 2012

Humorously, the announcement reads that God commented via His press agent, "I chose Jim to play Me because I relish the irony of telling the real story of the Six Days of Creation through the star of The Big Bang Theory. Plus, he's funny. The theater was also chosen for ironic reasons, as Studio 54 — up to this point — has been the single most God-less place in the universe. And as for our director, Joe Mantello, that was not ironic. I’ve been a fan of his since Wicked!"

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