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Forest Whitaker Will Make His Broadway Debut in Eugene O’Neill Play, ‘Hughie’

Forest Whitaker Will Make His Broadway Debut in Eugene O'Neill Play, 'Hughie'

Forest Whitaker will make his Broadway debut next spring in a revival of “Hughie,” a play by Eugene O’Neill, set in a New York City hotel in 1928, and centers on a hustler named Erie Smith, who confides in a night clerk.

O’Neil wrote the play in the 1940s, and it was first staged on Broadway in 1964, starring Jason Robards.

This new revival will be directed by Michael Grandage, former artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his direction of “Red.” 

There was a 1975 revival that starred Ben Gazzara, followed by another revival, in 1996, starring Al Pacino.

The “Hughie” revival will be produced by Darren Bagert along with the Michael Grandage Company and the Shubert Organization.

The producers did not announce a date or theater for the opening, other than it would be next spring.

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