David Henry Hwang's Chinglish Arrives on Broadway Oct. 11

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Gary Wilmes is an Ohio businessman in a foreign land in the Broadway production of Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang's comedy Chinglish, which had its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre earlier this summer. Performed in English and Mandarin with English surtitles projected, previews begin Oct. 11 at the Longacre Theatre.

Gary Wilmes and Jennifer Lim
Gary Wilmes and Jennifer Lim Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Chinglish arrives on Broadway with much of its original cast intact, including Jennifer Lim as a captivating Chinese government official and Stephen Pucci as an Australian interpreter.

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, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Well, In the Wake), will officially open Oct. 27.

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." 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, Mary Lu Roffe, Hunter Arnold, Filerman Bensinger, The Broadway Consortium, Ken Davenport, Joe & Matt Deitch, Herbert Goldsmith, Jam Theatricals, Olympus Theatricals, Playful Productions, David & Barbara Stoller.

For tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang (center) and the cast of <i>Chinglish</i>
Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang (center) and the cast of Chinglish Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
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