Chinglish


CHINGLISH

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Present. An American assembly room and the city of Guiyang, China
Number of Performances: 101
First Preview: October 11, 2011
Opening Night: October 27, 2011
Closing Night: January 29, 2012

Opening Night Cast
Jennifer Lim – Xi Yan
Angela Lin – Miss Qian / Prosecutor Li
Christine Lin – Miss Zhao
Stephen Pucci – Peter Timms
Gary Wilmes – Daniel Cavanaugh
Johnny Wu – Bing / Judge Xu Geming
Larry Lei Zhang – Minister Cai Guoliang


OVERVIEW

Written by David Henry Hwang | Directed by Leigh Silverman

CHINGLISH is the hilarious 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. From the producers of August: Osage County comes CHINGLISH, a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and directed by Leigh Silverman (From Up Here, Well).

Direct from its sold-out run at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, this funny and sexy new play, where most everything gets lost in translation, now finds its way to the Longacre Theatre.

REVIEWS

PRODUCTION REVIEWS

“****!” -Time Out New York

HILARIOUS! A COMEDY GOLD MINE!” – Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post

“RIVETING, WONDERFULLY FUNNY AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING!” – Roma Torre, NY-1

A TRIUMPH IN ANY LANGUAGE. Chinglish is sexy and great frisky fun!”
New York Magazine

“FRESH, ENERGETIC AND UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE ON BROADWAY. Chinglish is a thoughtful, funny and poignant piece in which, miraculously, nothing gets lost in translation.” – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“TOPICAL AND PLAYFUL! From the bedroom to the boardroom, this stranger-in-a-strange land situation is a classic.” – Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News

“CONSISTENTLY FUNNY AND SURPRISINGLY DEEP!” – Entertainment Weekly

“A WITTY STUDY IN MODERN-DAY MISCOMMUNICATION, THAT ERUPTS INTO EXPLOSIVE LAUGHTER!” – NJ Newsroom

A LETHAL COMEDY ABOUT BUSINESS, SEX AND THE FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE THAT BRISTLES WITH INTELLIGENCE.” – Bloomberg

CREDITS

Opening Night Production Credits

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Phillip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jay & Cindy Gutterman/Cathy Chernoff, Heni Koenigsberg/Lily Fan, Joseph & Matthew Deitch, Dasha Epstein, Ronald & Marc Frankel, Barry & Carole Kaye, Mary Lu Roffe, The Broadway Consortium, Ken Davenport, Filerman Bensinger, Herbert Goldsmith, Jam Theatricals, Olympus Theatricals, Playful Productions, David & Barbara Stoller, Roy Gottlieb and Hunter Arnold; Produced in association with The Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Schulfer, Executive Director); Associate Producer: Jeremy Scott Blaustein

Originally premiered on June 18, 2011 by The Goodman Theatre (Robert Falls, Artistic Director; Roche Schulfer, Executive Director)

Written by David Henry Hwang

Directed by Leigh Silverman; Assistant Director: Johnson Henshaw

Scenic Design by David Korins; Costume Design by Anita Yavich; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt; Sound Design by Darron L. West; Projection Design by Jeff Sugg and Shawn Duan; Moving Light Programmer: Sean Beach; Associate Scenic Design: Rod Lemmond; Associate Costume Design: Sarah Smith; Associate Lighting Design: Ariel Benjamin; Associate Sound Design: Charles Coes; Assistant Costume Design: Nancy Palmetier

General Manager: Richards / Climan, Inc.; Company Manager: Elizabeth M. Talmadge

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Stephen M. Kaus; Stage Manager: Jillian M. Oliver

Cultural Advising: Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith; Dialect Coach: Kate Wilson; Casting: Telsey + Company, Adam Belcuore, Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths; Mandarin Chinese Translations: Candace Chong; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates, Irene Gandy and Alana Karpoff; Interactive Marketing: Broadway’s Best Shows; Online Marketing: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Michael McCabe

BROADWAY REVIEWS

Chinglish Critic ReviewsChinglish Broadway Audience Reviews

PHOTO GALLERY

Chinglish Photos

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize To Be Awarded Tonight

The 2014-15 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which honors female playwrights, is given March 2 in New York City. The winner is awarded a cash prize of $25,000….

Read more

Broadway Cast of ‘Airline Highway’ Announced!

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce initial Broadway casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation…

Read more

‘Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2′ To Offer Purchasing Options for Each Show

Producers of the Broadway transfer of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Wolf…

Read more

The Drama League Sets 81st Annual Awards Ceremony

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) has announced the date…

Read more

Jonathan Groff Goes From ‘Looking’ to ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick…

Read more

Broadway Star, Jessie Mueller, Will Headline “Take The Stage”

Have you ever dreamed of being on Broadway? Tony Award-winning actress Jessie…

Read more

The Stars of ‘Aladdin’ Have Extended Their Broadway Contracts Until 2016!

Disney’s Aladdin, the Tony Award-winning new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, is pleased to announce that original…

Read more

Nathan Lane Returns To Broadway’s ‘It’s Only A Play’ Beginning March 31

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway’s biggest hit comedy…

Read more

Peter Gallagher Out Sick From ‘On The Twentieth Century’

Peter Gallagher will be out of three upcoming performances of the new Broadway revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY at the American Airlines Theatre. Gallagher,…

Read more

‘Hamilton’ To Transfer To Broadway

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) and producer Jeffrey Seller announced the world premiere musical…

Read more

Box Office For Broadway’s ‘Gigi’ Now Open

The box office for the new Broadway production of Gigi at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) is now open. Previews will begin Thursday, March…

Read more

Broadway Grosses February 15 – February 22, 2015

Broadway’s Best Shows knows that you want to see the best of the best! To help you out, we’re seeking out raw sales facts so you know what to see to…

Read more

‘The Heidi Chronicles’ Begins Previews Tonight 2/23; General Rush Policy Announced

The producers of the first Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Wendy Wasserstein play The Heidi Chronicles are pleased to announce…

Read more

“SYTYCD” Winner Joins The Broadway Cast Of ‘On The Town’

The new Broadway revival of On the Town will welcome “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Ricky Ubeda to the cast beginning Feb. 27 for a limited…

Read more