“An Act of God,” the recent Broadway hit powered by star Jim Parsons, has decreed dates for a Los Angeles run, with Sean Hayes taking on the role of the Almighty this spring at Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater.
Like Parsons, Hayes (“Will & Grace”) made his name on the smallscreen but continues to work stage stints into his schedule. He starred in “Promises, Promises” on Broadway in 2011 (and in 2012 hosted the Tony Awards, an emcee gig that earned him an Emmy), and prior to that he appeared in a City Center Encores! staging of “Damn Yankees” in 2008.
In “An Act of God,” he’ll play the lead role of God, who in the show has possessed the body of an actor (Parsons on Broadway, Hayes in L.A.) in order to answer some questions and tell His side of the story. Written by Emmy winner David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show”) and based on his Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and the book it inspired, the show is directed by Joe Mantello (“Wicked”), reuniting with the Broadway design team for the L.A. incarnation.
In New York, “An Act of God” became one of Broadway’s summer hits, with Parsons and his fanbase from “The Big Bang Theory” helping to fuel a run that posted hefty sales right out of the gate, and upticked further once the largely positive reviews hit and summer tourists came to town.
Produced by CTG and Jeffrey Finn, who produced the title in New York, “An Act of God” has lined up a six-week run at the Ahmanson Jan. 30-March 13.