Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel are bringing the play to Broadway following a critically acclaimed, extended world-premiere run at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago earlier this summer. Some recasting is expected.
Chinglish, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Well, In the Wake), will begin previews Oct. 11 at the Longacre Theatre. An opening-night date and cast will be announced.
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Chinglish, from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Tony Award-winning author of M. Butterfly, is about an American businessman being tripped up by communication in his efforts to make a deal in China.
The new comedy is not easy to cast: Most of the play's performers must speak credible Mandarin and English (and, in one case, a character is an Australian who translates Mandarin — the play uses surtitles). It's thought that a marquee-name star is being sought to play the Ohio businessman at the play's center. According to the producers, "Chinglish is about an American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contact for his family's sign-making firm. He soon finds that the complexities of such a venture far outstrip the expected differences in language, customs and manners — and calls into questions even the most basic assumptions of human conduct."
The design team includes set designer David Korins (Lombardi, Passing Strange), costume designer Anita Yavich (Anna in the Tropics) and lighting designer Brian MacDevitt (The Book of Mormon, Fences, Goodman's Long Day's Journey into Night).
The Broadway production will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Cathy Chernoff, Dasha Epstein, Ronald Frankel, Hunter Arnold, Herbert Goldsmith, Barry & Carole Kaye, Mary Lu Roffe, David & Barbara Stoller in association with Goodman Theatre.