Academy Award winner, Golden Globe Award winner & BAFTA winner Forest Whitaker will make his highly anticipated Broadway debut in HUGHIE, by four time Pulitzer Prize winning and Nobel Prize Laureate Eugene O’Neill. Directed by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage, HUGHIE will play a strictly limited engagement in the spring of 2016 on Broadway at Shubert Theatre.
Hughie is set in the lobby of a small midtown hotel on the West Side of Manhattan. Whitaker plays Erie Smith, a drunken, small time hustler who is mourning the recent death of the hotel’s night clerk, Hughie. Erie regales the new night clerk with tall-tales of his glory days and times spent with Hughie.
“Eugene O’Neill is America’s greatest playwright. Hughie is A FULL AND RICH EVENING OF THEATER.”NEW YORK TIMES
“Forest Whitaker is ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS OF OUR GENERATION.”CHICAGO TRIBUNE
• The play, set in 1928 was written in the 1940s but was not staged on Broadway until 1964, with Jason Robards in the role of “Erie” Smith.
• The role of Hughie has been played by illustrious actors such as Burgess Meredith, Ben Gazzara, and Al Pacino.
• This production reunites director Michael Grandage with the entire creative team from his Tony Award winning production of Red.