Gary Wilmes steps into the role of an Ohio businessman in a foreign land in the Broadway production of Tony Award winner Hwang's play, which had its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this summer. Chinglish, performed in English and Mandarin, with English surtitles projected, will begin previews Oct. 11 at the Longacre Theatre.
Chinglish will arrive on Broadway with much of its original cast intact, including Jennifer Lim as a captivating Chinese government official and Stephen Pucci as an Australian entrepreneur.
Wilmes, who appeared in the Australian premiere of August: Osage County with members of the original Broadway cast and was seen as Tom Buchanan in Gatz at the Public Theater, will make his Broadway debut as Midwestern American businessman Dan. James Waterston originated the role in the Goodman production.
Also returning for the Broadway production are Larry Lei Zhang, Christine Lin, Angela Lin and Johnny Wu.
Chinglish, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Well, In the Wake), will officially open Oct. 27. 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 is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Cathy Chernoff, Heni Koenigsberg/Lily Fan, Dasha Epstein, Ronald Frankel, Barry & Carole Kaye, Hunter Arnold, Filerman Bensinger, Ken Davenport, Van Dean, Joe & Matt Deitch, Herbert Goldsmith, Jam Theatricals, Mary Lu Roffe, Olympus Theatricals, Playful Productions, David & Barbara Stoller.
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