PHOTO CALL: John Lithgow Learns to Speak Chinglish

By Matthew Blank
28 Dec 2011

John Lithgow, who originated the role of Rene Gallimard in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, visited the cast of Hwang's Chinglish at Broadway's Longacre Theatre on Dec. 27.





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Johnny Wu, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, John Lithgow, Jennifer Lim, Larry Lei Zhang, Gary Wilmes and Stephen Pucci
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Chinglish arrives on Broadway following a summer world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where the play was embraced by critics. Much of its original cast remains intact, including Jennifer Lim as an eager Chinese government official and Stephen Pucci as a British interpreter.

Gary 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, is making 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 is directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Well, In the Wake). Hwang won the Tony Award for Best Play for his M. Butterfly, his arrestingly theatrical an earlier play about Western misunderstanding of Asian culture.

According to the producers, "Chinglish is the new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication. It is the story of an American businessman desperate to launch a new enterprise in China. There are only three things standing in his way: He can't speak the language. He can't learn the customs. And he's falling in love with the one woman he absolutely can't have."

For tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. Visit the show's official website, chinglishbroadway.com.