Hughie Will Return To Broadway This Spring
Another Hollywood star is headed to The Great White Way this spring as another play revival schedules itself into the 2015-16 season on Broadway! If you play close attention to the Broadway real estate game, you would have realized one of Broadway’s best theatres was sitting open this spring! That is explained in the exciting announcement including casting, dates and more for this show’s return to Broadway! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Hughie will return to Broadway this spring!
Producers have announced Hughie, a play by Eugene O’Neill, will return to Broadway this spring taking up residence at one of The Great White Way’s most coveted playhouses. Hughie is set to play The Booth Theatre beginning previews February 5th, 2016 before officially opening February 25th. The show is being billed as a strictly limited engagement but no final date for the run has been set at this time. The show will be headlined by Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitake (Pictured Right) as Erie and Tony Award winner Frank Wood as Charlie, a night clerk. The production will mark Whitake’s Broadway debut.
Tony Award winner Michael Grandage will helm Hughie‘s Broadway return as director. Grandage has reunited his entire creative team from the 2010 Tony Award winning production Red for the Hughie revival this spring. This team includes Christopher Oram as scenic and costume designer, Tony Award winner Neil Austin as lighting designer and Tony Award winner Adam Cork as sound designer. Producers for the Broadway revival include Darren Bagert, Michael Grandage Company, 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, Michael Watt and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd. serves as Executive Producer.
Hughie is a play by Eugene O’Neill that tells the story of Erie lamenting about how he has faced nothing but bad luck since Charlie’s night clerk predecessor, Hughie, has died. The play takes place in a small hotel lobby in the summer of 1928 in Midtown Manhattan. The play was written in 1942 but was never staged until 1958. The show made its Broadway debut in 1964 starring Jason Robards as Erie, who went on to win a Tony Award for his performance. The show has been revived on Broadway since then twice, once in 1975 and again in 1996. The 1996 production starred Al Pacino, who can currently be seen on Broadway in China Doll at the Schoenfeld Theatre, oddly enough next door to where Hughie will reside later this season.
I was beginning to get suspicious of why nothing had yet to be announced for The Booth Theatre (Pictured Right) this spring knowing Hand To God was exiting in January. The Booth never remains on the market for long as it is a prized Broadway playhouse knowing for taking in many plays and occasionally small musicals. It’s good to know my suspicions were right and something was in the works! The announcement of Hughie adds yet another Hollywood star, Forest Whitake, to the 2015-16 Broadway season and another play revival. He is one of many Hollywood stars not only to appear on Broadway this season but make his debut as well. Keira Knightly, Clive Owens and Jennifer Hudson are just a few other examples. From what I’ve read, the play is essentially a long monologue delivered by Erie so Whitake will lead the production head on. It sounds very interesting and hasn’t been seen on Broadway in two decades so I’m hoping for a chance to see it!
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Hughie returns to Broadway this spring! We’re looking forward to this exciting revival and learning more about it as it unfolds! Get ready for another Hollywood star on Broadway as Forest Whitake makes his Broadway debut! For more information, visit Hughie’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post)And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!