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Born and raised in Central China's Hubei Province, Wang learned Peking Opera at the age of 11 in Hubei Experimental Peking Opera School.
It has always been Wang's dream to become a performer. He remembers the day he was admitted to the Department of Performance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in the early 1980s.
Wang went to the United States in 1987 with great confidence because of his English proficiency. But when he started acting classes at Boston University, he was frustrated by the rapid English of his professor. "I couldn't understand a single word of English," he said. "I wondered if it was the same language I learned at home."
His professor advised him to practise his pronunciation daily.
"I read aloud every morning to train the muscles around the mouth. Sometimes, I pronounce one word hundreds of times," he said. "In half a year I succeeded, and my pronunciation became standard."
In 1989, he earned a master of fine arts degree from the School for the Arts at Boston University and started job hunting.
In 1992, after being rejected eight times, he found his first role as thet engineer in the first national tour of Miss Saigon.
"It was all by accident that I got the role," he recalled. When he visited the producer's office seeking an audition, a secretary mistook him for someone delivering an airline ticket and sent him directly to the producer's office.
"The first thing the producer asked me was where the ticket was, as he intended to travel to China," Wang recalled. "I realized that it was a good chance to show myself, and I introduced myself to him."
The producer invited Wang to sing a song, but laughed at his first choice of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender."
"I was determined to impress him, so I sang one song after another until I was told I should stop and wait to hear from him the next week."
Wang was accepted as an understudy. It was the first time a singer from the Chinese mainland had been cast in a Broadway musical.
Chance smiled on him when one of the cast fell ill.
"I was notified that I would perform that night, and I felt very nervous," Wang said. But he became famous overnight as audiences began to know a Chinese man who sang on Broadway