Jim Parsons will play God in the new Broadway comedy
An Act of God, an adaptation of the satirical 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God.
The Last Testament: A Memoir By God was penned by Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart writer David Javerbaum, a Tony nominee for the musical Cry-Baby. Javerbaum, who also runs the Twitter account @TheTweetofGod, adapted his work for the stage.
The play is billed as "a 90-minute conversation in which [God] will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind." Helmed by Tony-winning out director Joe Mantello, the limited engagement will begin performances May 5 and open May 28 at Broadway's Studio 54.
"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," writes "God" in a press statement. "The theatre 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!"
Best known for his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning role as Dr. Sheldon Cooper in the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Parsons made his Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart as Tommy Boatwright, a gay role he re-created and that earned him an Emmy nomination in director Ryan Murphy's HBO film adaptation.