Producers Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, and Doug Morris (CEO, Sony Music) are presenting the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award®-winning play, M. Butterfly at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street) this Fall. Directed by Tony Award® winner Julie Taymor and starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard, M. Butterfly will begin previews on October 7, 2017 and open on October 26, 2017.
David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a marriEd French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.
For the Tony Award®-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.
Additional casting and design team will be announced at a later date. Clive Owen is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.
The John Dexter helmed production of M. Butterfly starring John Lithgow as Gallimard and BD Wong as Song Liling, opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 20, 1988. The play garnered three Tony awards including Best Play for David Henry Hwang, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for BD Wong and Best Director for John Dexter. The play was a 1989 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Tickets for M. Butterfly range from $39 – $149. Premium tickets range from $199 – $227. Tickets will go on sale beginning Thursday, July 6 at 10am EST, and will be available at www.MButterflyBroadway.com or www.Telecharge.com (212.239.6200). For group tickets and more information, please visit www.mbutterflybroadway.com.
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