PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Chinglish With Johnny Wu

By Matthew Blank
November 22, 2011

Ever wonder about the routine of a Broadway actor on one of those grueling two-performance days? Johnny Wu, who takes on multiple roles in the Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's new comedy Chinglish, offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look at a recent two-show day, from morning wakeup to final journey home.



Armed with a digital camera, he invites us to join him as he goes about his pre-show and between-show activities and introduces the cast and crew inhabiting the multilingual world of the Longacre Theatre.



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In high school, this would not have been a costume.
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Wu is making his Broadway debut with this project. Regional work includes Chinglish (Goodman Theatre), Concerning Strange Devices (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and Peter and the Starcatchers (La Jolla Playhouse). He has appeared on screen in "Limitless," "Certainty," "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" "24" and "Cold Case." www.johnnywu.tv

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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.