Wong Back in Herringbone After On Stage Mishap Cuts Short Performance

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The June 15 performance of the musical Herringbone at Williamstown Theatre Festival was cut short after its star, B.D. Wong, sustained a minor injury on stage.
B.D. Wong in Herringbone.
B.D. Wong in Herringbone. Photo by Joan Marcus

According to a WTF statement "During a dance sequence, [Wong] collided with the piano bench and was cut in the thigh." Performances resumed, with Wong, June 16.

WTF artistic director Roger Rees, who also staged the work, was on hand to address the crowd at the third performance of the work. In a statement issued June 16, Rees said "B.D. is an astonishing, generous and dedicated artist, giving a remarkable performance. We are relieved his injury was minor, and delighted to be able to resume our playing schedule so audiences can enjoy B.D. in this production."

Patrons with tickets from Friday night's performance can receive an exchange for a future performance, a refund or donate their value to the Festival. Tickets are available by calling (413) 597-3400, at the Festival box office and through the website at wtfestival.org.


Herringbone, kicked off the Williamstown Theatre Festival season June 14 on the company's Center Stage for a run through June 24. Herringbone centers on "the story of George, one of vaudeville's greatest child stars, who just happens to be possessed by the angry spirit of a tap-dancing dwarf," as production notes reveal.

Featuring a book by Tom Cone (based on his play), music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, the work played Off-Broadway with David Rounds in 1982 and in Hartford with Joel Grey in 1993.

Darren Lee is the choreographer. Dan Lipton provides musical direction and plays piano (with Benjamin Campbell on bass and Richard Huntley on drums). The design team features Neil Patel (scenic), William Ivey Long (costumes), Frances Aronson (lighting) and Nick Borisjuk (sound).

Wong last appeared on Broadway in the 2004 revival of Pacific Overtures and at Williamstown in Chaucer in Rome. Television audiences may recognize him from his roles in the HBO series "OZ" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The San Francisco-born actor made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly — which earned him the Tony Award. He has also appeared onstage in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Shanghai Moon as well as on screen in "Jurassic Park," "The Salton Sea," "Seven Years in Tibet," "Father of the Bride" (and its sequel) and (in voice) on Disney's "Mulan."

Rees, also an actor, has performed in A Man of No Importance, Trumbo as well as in Broadway's Uncle Vanya, The Rehearsal, Indiscretions and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby — for which he received a Tony Award. The Welsh actor recently appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" and is also known for television roles on "Cheers" and "The West Wing."

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