As if winning an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe wasn’t enough, Forest Whitaker has now set his acting sights on conquering Broadway. The talented 54-year-old actor is all set to make his theater debut in a reprisal of Eugene O’Neill’s production Hughie, which will be directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage.
The Last King of Scotland star will take on the role of Erie Smith in the show, co-presented by the Shubert Organization, Michael Grandage Company, and Darren Bagert. It will reportedly have a very limited run.
Hughie is a two-character short play set in the front lobby of a midtown Manhattan hotel. The story starts shortly after the death of one of the establishment’s night clerks, Hughie. Mainly styled as a monologue, it revolves around Erie Smith, an alcoholic and hustler, who reminisces about his younger days, telling the hotel’s newest night clerk tales of skylarking and the many adventures he had with the deceased clerk.
The first-ever theater rendition of the play opened in 1964 on Broadway starring Jason Robards as Erie, with its last appearance in 1996 starring Hollywood legend Al Pacino.
While Hughie, with Whitaker in the helm, is set to premiere in the spring of 2016, other cast hasn’t yet been announced and show dates have yet to be set for the production.
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Gerard, J., “Forest Whitaker Plans 2016 Broadway Debut In O’Neill’s ‘Hughie,’” Deadline web site, August 23, 2015; http://goo.gl/OGnNF1.