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Jim Parsons Returns to Broadway in the Role of God

Jim Parsons will play God in the comedy “An Act of God,” as the Emmy winner returns to Broadway after appearing in the 2012 revival of “Harvey.”

But don’t put Parsons in the race for a Tony nomination this season — the production, directed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked,” “I’ll Eat You Last”), will open after the 2014-15 season’s eligibility cutoff of April 23, bowing in May at Studio 54. He’ll be eligible for a nomination as part of the 2015-16 season.

An Act of God” is based on the book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God,” penned by David Javerbaum, an Emmy winner for his work as head writer and exec producer of “The Daily Show.” Javerbaum, who will write the stage adaptation of his book, also co-wrote the score to 2008 musical “Cry-Baby” and has written songs for Neil Patrick Harris when he hosted the Tony Awards.

The production promises to provide God’s answers to the mysteries of the Bible and of existence. Two more actors, who’ll play angels, remain to be cast, and the design team has yet to be set.

Produced by Jeffrey Finn (“Seminar,” “Scandalous”) and exec produced by 101 Prods., “Act of God” begins previews May 5 ahead of a May 28 opening at Studio 54. The current tenant at Studio 54, the Roundabout Theater revival of “Cabaret,” will end its run March 29.

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