Dixon Place presents a Live Benefit Concert Recording
(Tony Award-winning star of Law & Order: SVU)
Book by Tom Cone
Music by Skip Kennon
Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh
Based on the play by Tom Cone
Choreography by Darren Lee
Musical Direction by Dan Lipton
Sound Design by Scott Lehrer and Leon Rothenberg
Costumes by William Ivey Long
Directed by ROGER REES
Monday, May 21 at 7:00pm and
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00pm
In Alabama during the Great Depression, 8-year-old George Nookin is possessed by
the vengeful spirit of Lou, a jaded hoofer who was murdered by Lou’s Vaudeville partner, Chicken Mosely.
George’s parents, Arthur and Louise, are torn asunder by George’s astonishing new ability to sing and
dance, shlepping across the country as Lou seduces them into believing that exploiting George’s new
found talent is the family’s ticket on the train out of hard times.
"Virtually every one-man show causes an actor to play many characters, but among Wong's dozen, he had to portray five different Depression-era victims during a single conversation." BEST OF 2009 — Newark Star Ledger
"...Wong fulfills the play's intent: to make us reflect on how all of us build our sense of ourselves, are possessed by the characters in our lives, and somehow, if we're lucky, manage to live a real life anyway...What most amazes us in HERRINGBONE is not the dazzling trickery of its surface, but the poignant tenderness and full humanity of its unexpected depths." BEST OF 2007 —Boston Globe
Herringbone has a book by Tom Cone (based upon his play), music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. It was first produced in New York at Playwright’s Horizons in a memorable 1982 production
starring David Rounds. The Dixon Place production will be Wong’s first appearance in New York of the
show, timed with the 30th Anniversary of the original New York production. Herringbone is written as a
traditional two-act musical with a score of more than 14 songs and 11 characters. The conceit of a single
performer enacting all of the characters underlines its theme of the human struggle to negotiate the light
and dark sides within.
Photos from 2010 La Jolla Playhouse production by Jim Cox:
BD Wong won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Theater World and Tony Awards for his performance in M. BUTTERFLY. He has appeared in more than 20 films and on television in six seasons of HBO’s OZ, eleven seasons of LAW & ORDER: SVU, and the inaugural season of the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, AWAKE (currently airing).