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Sean Hayes in An Act of God
Photograph: Courtesy Jim CoxSean Hayes in An Act of God

Sean Hayes returns to Broadway in An Act of God this summer

By
Adam Feldman
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Sometimes there's God again so quickly. David Javerbaum’s irreverent divine comedy, An Act of God, was a commercial and critical hit in its limited run on Broadway last year, when it starred The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as the Creator. Now the production is set to return on May 28 for a 14-week run, through September 4, at the Booth Theatre. Donning the white robes this time around will be another beloved gay sitcom star: Sean Hayes, who has already played the role to acclaim in Los Angeles and is now performing it in San Francisco. (Tickets go on sale through Telecharge on Friday, April 1.)

Second comings on Broadway are not entirely unheard of. The musical Motown, which closed last year, will be returning in modified form this July. The 2009 revival of Hair came back for a summer run in 2011. Back in the 1987, a touring version of Dreamgirls played the Ambassador Theatre two years after the end of the musical’s original Broadway run. Still, return engagements are rare, and An Act of God seems like a reason to give thanks to Whomever you give thanks to.

Javerbaum is one of America’s most gifted and prolific comic writers—he has won 13 Emmys, including 11 for The Daily Show, where he served as head writer and executive producer—and he has reportedly tweaked and updated the script for this version. (He discontinued his hugely popular Twitter feed, @TheTweetOfGod, in February.) And Hayes is a tremendous talent whose gifts were not fully exploited in his Broadway debut, 2010’s Promises, Promises. Javerbaum’s bossy, quippy vision of God—who is much more into divine will than divine grace—sounds like a perfect vehicle for Hayes’s flamboyance. Those who missed An Act of God’s first run, or who just want to see how Hayes finds God, should flock to this Broadway revival meeting.

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