Wilmes on board for Broadway transfer
The Broadway transfer of David Henry Hwang play “Chinglish” has lined up its cast, with Gary Wilmes joining an ensemble of actors who all appeared in the show’s Chicago world preem earlier this year.Wilmes will star as an American man navigating the thorny cultural divide in trying to expand his family business into mainland China. The rest of the company coming to the Rialto, including Jennifer Lim as a Chinese official, all appeared in the show at Chi’s Goodman Theater over the summer. Angela Lin, Christine Lin, Stephen Pucci, Johnny Wu and Larry Zhang also are among those reprising roles, with helmer Leigh Silverman (“Well”) returning as well. Wilmes has been seen in Gotham stagings of plays including “Gatz” and “Red Light Winter.” He steps into a part previously played by James Waterston. “Chinglish,” produced by a team led by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, begins previews Oct. 11 ahead of an Oct. 27 opening at the Longacre Theater.