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M. Butterfly - 2017 - Broadway

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.

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen will star as Rene Gallimard in the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY, directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor.

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.

Schedule

Cort Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
138 West 48th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For M. Butterfly


Review: ‘M. Butterfly’ never takes flight - Broadway News
Though it ends with a tragic death that mimics the searing ending of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly " - which is alluded to (and heard in bits) throughout - Taymor's plodding, sometimes fussy staging, coupled with Hwang's revised version of the play, ultimately leave a wearying, watery impression. Today the play seems overstuffed with now-shopworn metatheatrical gambits (direct address, audience engagement, a fake "I'm ending this show now" moment, etc.), as well as self-explanatory dialogue that bluntly lays bare its themes. Plus there's the melodramatic climax for a big finish.

Broadway Review: In ‘M. Butterfly’ Clive Owen Plays The Seducer Seduced - Deadline
Physically and cerebrally Clive Owen has the chameleonic qualities that define a certain kind of star charisma: He's handsome but not pretty; suave in a way that practically advertises insecurity; glib yet always on alert for the surgical riposte. All of which make the Knick star perfect for the role of Rene Gallimard, the French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese opera star, in David Henry Hwang's electrifying drama M. Butterfly.


 



 

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by Nicole Rosky - December 17, 2017
Before she flies away for good, we're charting Butterfly's course to Broadway below!
by Stephi Wild - December 16, 2017
'Orange is the New Black' star and Broadway vet Lori Tan Chinn received a warm welcome at the Cort Theatre last night from the cast of the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award -winning play, M. Butterfly.
by Nicole Rosky - December 12, 2017
The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award -winning play, M. BUTTERFLY will play its final performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after playing 19 previews and 61 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street).
by BWW News Desk - December 8, 2017
Sound permeates our daily lives and shapes our existence. From 'ear yoga' to Buddhist-inspired opera, talks and programs this fall build on themes in Rubin Museum's newest exhibition, The World Is Sound. For more about the exhibition, visit RubinMuseum.org/Wavelength, and scroll down for related talks, films and experiences, including a panel with David Henry Hwang about Broadway's M. Butterfly!
by BWW News Desk - November 28, 2017
The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, January 14, 2018 after playing 19 previews and 93 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street).
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2017
When David Henry Hwang's 1988 Best Play Tony-winner M. BUTTERFLY, inspired by the romance between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Peking opera singer Shi Pei Pu, who the Frenchman didn't know was a) a Communist spy, and b) a man, first played on Broadway, there was a not so small detail that tended to baffle audience members.
by Naomi Serviss - November 13, 2017
In her Broadway debut, Den is acting in a play that she says 'had a orofound effect on me' from the time she first read it while in high school.
by BWW News Desk - November 6, 2017
Sound permeates our daily lives and shapes our existence. From 'ear yoga' to Buddhist-inspired opera, talks and programs this fall build on themes in Rubin Museum's newest exhibition, The World Is Sound. For more about the exhibition, visit RubinMuseum.org/Wavelength, and scroll down for related talks, films and experiences, including a panel with David Henry Hwang about Broadway's M. Butterfly!
by A.A. Cristi - November 3, 2017
David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M BUTTERFLY, directed by Julie Taymor, opened this week at the Cort Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - November 3, 2017
Asia Society continues its discussions and events, including David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor in conversation about M. Butterfly's return to Broadway. Scroll down for details!
by Walter McBride - October 27, 2017
David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M BUTTERFLY, directed byJulie Taymor, opened just last night at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th street). We're taking you inside the after party below!