Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Herringbone is BD Wong’s Tour de Force

BD Wong stars in the La Jolla Playhouse Production of Herringbone through 8/30. Photo by Lia Chang

BD Wong stars in the La Jolla Playhouse Production of Herringbone through 8/30. Photo by Lia Chang

In the La Jolla Playhouse production of Herringbone, directed by Roger Rees, Tony Award-winner BD Wong (M. Butterfly; Law & Order: SVU) is riveting, embodying eleven different characters and performing fourteen entertaining song and dance routines, choreographed by Darren Lee.

Set during the Great Depression, this darkly comic, highly theatrical musical features a book by Tom Cone, music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, and tells the tale of eight-year-old George, who, when taken under the wing of a vaudeville veteran, becomes possessed by the spirit of his mentor’s vengeful partner – and suddenly shows a remarkable affinity for tap dancing. As the play progresses, a climactic battle ensues over George’s mind, body and soul. The play is as much the story of young George’s possession as it is about the performance itself – witnessing the brilliant artistry of BD Wong in an electrifying evening of theatre.

The creative team includes Dan Lipton, music director/conductor; With sets by Eugene Lee, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Christopher Akerlind, sound by Leon Rothenberg and Dan Lipton as music director/conductor.

Herringbone runs through August 30 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre (press opening: Friday, August 7 at 8:00 pm). Performance times for Herringbone are Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30pm; Thursday through Saturday, 8:00pm; and Sunday, 7:00pm. Matinees are held on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. Single ticket prices range from $30 to $65. Tickets are currently available by calling the Playhouse Box Office at (858) 550-1010 or online.
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