Jim Parsons is known to millions of fans as the lovable geek Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. But he's also voiced a doofy elf, played a man who sees an imaginary rabbit, been a friendly alien pal to Rihanna, and -- on a more serious note -- a passionate activist (in The Normal Heart both onstage and for the HBO movie). Now he's preparing to play the biggest role of his life: God. At least a version of the celestial being, in the new Broadway play, An Act of God, set to open May 28 in the most unholy of places, Studio 54 (where Cabaret is currently playing, starring Alan Cumming and Emma Stone).
Joe Mantello (who also starred in The Normal Heart with Parsons) will direct the play, which is based on the critically acclaimed book written by God and transcribed by David Javerbaum (a head writer at The Daily Show).
In a humorous moment in a press release, God was asked, via His press agent, what An Act of God was meant to be. He described it as: "A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind."
God followed that up by stating: "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!"
An Act of God begins performances on May 5, 2015, and officially opens on May 28 on Broadway at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St, NYC.