Chinglish announces full cast
The full cast has been announced for the Broadway premiere of Chinglish, the new comedy by Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang ('M. Butterfly),' directed by Leigh Silverman, opening at the Longacre Theatre on 27 Oct 2011, following previews from 11 Oct.
Leading the cast are Stephen Pucci and Jennifer Lim, who reprise their roles from the recently concluded run of the comedy's world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
They are joined by newcomer Gary Wilmes, who replaces James Waterston, in the starring role of 'Daniel Cavanaugh,' an American businessman who discovers the complexities of doing business in an alien culture.
Rounding out the company are Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Johnny Wu and Larry Zhang - who also reprise their roles for Broadway.
The design team feature sets by David Korins, costumes by Anita Yavich and lighting by Brian MacDevitt.
Chinglish is about the unpredictable complications that ensue when an American businessman (Gary Wilmes), despite his self-possessed cultural ignorance, seeks to expand his market by forging a relationship with government officials in a major Chinese city. Although he has hired an Australian entrepreneur(Stephen Pucci) who has lived in China to assist him, 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 world premiere of Chinglish, also directed by Leigh Silverman, recently played at the Goodman Theatre where it opened on 27 Jun 2011, following previews from 18 Jun 2011, and ran through to 24 Jul 2011.
Chinglish opened in Chicago to mostly excellent reviews: "Splendidly savvy and entertaining new work" (Variety); "Shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy" (Chicago Trubine); "Very Funny and compelling (Time Out Chicago); "One of the funniest plays in memory" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "Recommended! An endless supply of laughs" (New City).
The Broadway production is being preduced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Roy Gottlieb, Barry & Carole Kaye and David and Barbara Stoller in association with Goodman Theatre, and has been developed in association with The Public Theater.Gary WilmesStephen PucciJennifer Lim
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