Beginning in 1988 with Peter Pan and Pacific Overtures, actor Francis Jue has appeared more than a dozen times on the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley stage in everything from classic musicals to contemporary drama. On Broadway, Jue is perhaps best known for creating the role of Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as appearing in the original production of M. Butterfly, where he understudied the role of Song Liling. Jue eventually went on to play the role in the national tour and in both productions here at TheatreWorks. He has won an Obie Award, Lortel Award, and holds a variety of additional credits on Broadway, regional theatres across the country, as well as film and television. We’re thrilled to welcome him back as revered sushi chef Koji in Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story.
Let’s take a look back at the many roles of this audience favorite and San Francisco native here at TheatreWorks:
Jue as the title role in 1988’s holiday production of Peter Pan.
He also appeared in the 1988 production of Pacific Overtures and returned to choreograph the revival in 2001. Jue would eventually also appear in the Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 2004.
In 1992, Jue returned to TheatreWorks as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He had previously understudied the role in the original Broadway production and eventually played the role in the national tour. In 2006, Jue and fellow actor Mark Capri would return again as Song Liling and Rene Gallimard respectively in our 2006 production of M. Butterfly.
Jue as the Emcee in 1996’s Cabaret.
1997’s Kiss of the Spider Woman.
As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1999’s Amadeus.
Jue (top right) in 2001’s Floyd Collins.
With Allison Sie in 2004’s Red.
Jue most recently graced the TheatreWorks stage in 2009’s Yellow Face. Previously, he had won an Obie Award and a Lortel Award for the same role in David Henry Hwang’s play at the Public Theatre in New York.
Finally, Jue returns this year as Koji, a revered Sushi Master struggling to preserve ancient artistry in a society obsessed with change, in Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story: