Studio 54 won’t be in between-show Purgatory for long. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons will channel the Deity in the Disco Era Devil’s lair when David Javerbaum‘s An Act Of God begins performances on May 5. Even God will have to face the critics, when the limited run officially opens on May 28 as the first show of the 2015-2016 Broadway season. An Act Of God follows close on the heels of Cabaret, the Alan Cumming hit revival that will shutter at Studio 54 on March 29.
Javerbaum, a producer on The Late Late Show With James Corden and former head writer on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart with 13 Emmy Awards on his shelves, has adapted his best-seller The Last Testament: A Memoir By God into a 90-minute almost-monologue (two as-yet uncast angels will accompany Parsons) for the show. Javerbaum is best known on Broadway for the special material he’s written for Tony Awards show host Neil Patrick Harris, including “Broadway Is Not Just For Gays Anymore.”
The show will be staged by Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Wicked) for producer Jeffrey Finn, currently repped on Broadway with the Bradley Cooper revival of The Elephant Man.
Studio 54 is one of three Broadway stages operated by the nonprofit Roundabout Theatre Company, which also produced a recent revival of Harvey, the chestnut in which Parsons played the James Stewart role. Parsons also starred in The Normal Heart both on Broadway and in the HBO film.
Studio 54 becomes the second of those three houses now filled with commercial rentals, joining the hit Carole King musical Beautiful, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The third space is the flagship American Airlines Theatre on West 42nd Street. An Act Of God is announced as a limited run, but the End Of Days has not been set.