Forest Whitaker to Make Broadway Debut

Forest Whitaker

Actor-director Forest Whitaker will make his Broadway debut next spring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie. 

The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner will play Erie Smith, a drunken hustler who confides in a hotel’s new night clerk about stories of his past and his time with the last hotel clerk, Hughie, who died.

The play, which is set in 1928 Manhattan, was written in the 1940’s, but didn’t make it to Broadway until 1964. Jason Robards played Erie Smith in the plays debut followed by Ben Gazzara in 1975 and Al Pacino in 1996.

Though Whitaker does not have Broadway experience, his exceptional acting credits include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and his Oscar-winning turn as Idi Amin in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland.

Producers have not announced a date for the opening of Hughie, but said it will be at a Shubert theater and would have a limited run.

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