Forest Whitaker to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Hughie’

Forest Whitaker, the actor and director who won an Academy Award for his performance in the 2006 film “The Last King of Scotland,” will make his Broadway debut in a spring 2016 production of the Eugene O’Neill play “Hughie.”

Michael Grandage, the British director who parlayed his success at the helm of London’s Donmar Warehouse to launch a commercial production company, will direct the staging. Darren Bagert (“Side Show”) produces along with the Michael Grandage Company and the Shubert Organization.

Whitaker, whose upcoming film projects include “Star Wars: Rogue One,” will take on a stage role first played on Broadway by Jason Robards in 1964. Set in a midtown hotel, the play — essentially a long monologue — centers on the hustler Erie Smith (Whitaker), who bombards the hotel’s new night clerk with stories of his past and of the time he spent with the previous night clerk, Hughie, who has recently died.

Grandage’s work last appeared on Broadway with his eponymous company’s revival of “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” which starred Daniel Radcliffe. “Hughie” will re-team him with the designers with whom he collaborated on the Tony-winning production of “Red,” including Christopher Oram (sets and costumes), Neil Austin (lights) and Adam Cork (sound).

Further details, including the exact dates and venue for “Hughie,” have yet to be set.

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