Monday, 24 August 2015

Michael Grandage to direct Forest Whitaker in Hughie on Broadway

Forest Whitaker will make his Broadway debut in Hughie by Eugene O’Neill. 

Helmed by British director Michael Grandage, Hughie will play a strictly limited engagement in the spring of 2016 on Broadway at a Shubert Theatre to be announced. 

Grandage reunites with the entire creative team from his Broadway production of Red including Christopher Oram (Sets & Costumes), Neil Austin (Lights) and Adam Cork (Sound), each of whom received a Tony Award for their work on the show. Additional casting will be announced soon. 

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. 

Hughie premiered on Broadway in 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. 

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