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Jim Parsons, Lee Pace to make Broadway debut in 'The Normal Heart'

March 7, 2011 |  5:05 pm

Jim Parsons and Lee Pace to star in 'The Normal Heart' on Broadway

Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Pushing Daisies'" alumni Lee Pace will be making their Broadway debuts as they join the cast for the HIV/AIDS drama "The Normal Heart."

Parsons, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning funny man who plays uber-genius Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom, will take on the role of early activist Tommy Boatwright, according to Playbill.

Pace, who recently appeared in "When in Rome" with Kristen Bell, will play closeted activist Bruce Niles. He'll also appear onscreen alongside Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner as Garrett, a vampire from the American nomads coven, in both installments of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."

Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello have also been cast in the Joel Grey-directed play, set in 1980s New York, in the early years of the epidemic.

Previews of "The Normal Heart," which is loosely based on playwright Larry Kramer's life, begin April 19, with the 12-week run starting April 27.

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Photos: Jim Parsons, left, at the Golden Globes on Jan. 16. Lee Pace, right, in "Pushing Daisies."  Credits: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, left; Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times, right.

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