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M. Butterfly, Starring Clive Owen, Sets Broadway Closing Date

The Tony-winning play's Broadway revival is directed by Julie Taymor. logo
Clive Owen stars as Rene Gallimard in the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly.
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The Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, January 14, 2018, after playing 19 previews and 93 regular performances at the Cort Theatre.

Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, M. Butterfly features Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard, opposite Jin Ha as Song Liling. The cast also features Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Scott Weber, Emmanuel Brown, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, and Erica Wong.

Inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu, the story of M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer — a 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.

M. Butterfly debuted on Broadway in 1988 starring John Lithgow and B.D. Wong, and earned the Tony Award for Best Play.

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