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Jim Parsons, Lee Pace set to make Broadway debuts in AIDS drama 'The Normal Heart'

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Image Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Tina Gill/PR PhotosThe Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons and Pushing Daisies’ Lee Pace have joined the cast of director Joel Grey’s Broadway premiere of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Set in New York City in the early ’80s, the play follows a group of friends who refuse to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of the unspoken HIV/AIDS epidemic. The 12-week engagement begins April 19, with an official opening set for April 27, and must align perfectly with Parsons’ hiatus between Big Bang Theory seasons. 

The Normal Heart debuted off-Broadway in 1985, with Grey eventually replacing Brad Davis in the role of writer/activist Ned Weeks later in the run. As previously announced, Joe Mantello will star as Weeks and lead a cast that includes Ellen Barkin (Dr. Emma Brookner) and John Benjamin Hickey (Felix Turner). In their Broadway debuts, Parsons and Pace will play activists Tommy Boatwright and Bruce Niles, respectively. A percentage of the production’s weekly profits will be donated to nonprofit organizations including The Actors Fund and Friends In Deed. In addition, a special partnership is being created with amfAR.