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Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut (Eugene O’Neill Play, ‘Hughie’) Sets Cast, Theater, Dates

Forest Whitaker's Broadway Debut (Eugene O'Neill Play, 'Hughie') Sets Cast, Theater, Dates

Announced earlier this year, 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.

The production has now shored-up its team both in front of and behind the camera, and set a theater and opening date. 

Tony Award winner Frank Wood has joined the production, and will star opposite Whitaker in the play, which will be housed at the Booth Theatre, with performances (reviews) set to begin on February 5, 2016, with an official opening on February 25 for a limited engagement.

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

This 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.

This “Hughie” revival will be produced by Darren Bagert along with the Michael Grandage Company and the Shubert Organization. Adam Zotovich, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Arielle Tepper Madover, Martin McCallum, Debbie Bisno, CJ E&M, Jeffrey Finn, Hagemann Rosenthal Associates, Stacey Mindich, Seaview Productions, Taylor Weinstein Theatricals, and Michael Watt are also now listed as producers.

101 Productions, Ltd. will executive producer.

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