Hughie Opens On Broadway
While much of the Broadway spring 2016 season is just getting underway with performances or not even started yet, Broadway will officially welcome a new show tonight! A rarely staged work by one of America’s greatest playwrights returns to the New York stage with a Hollywood headliner making his debut in a booming season on Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Hughie officially opens on Broadway!
Hughie officially opens tonight on Broadway at The Booth Theatre where it began previews earlier this season on February 8th, 2016. The show is scheduled as a limited engagement at The Booth Theatre appearing through June 12th, 2016 only. The story takes place in a hotel lobby in Midtown Manhattan one night in the summer of 1928. Hughie returns to a frequented hotel only to lament to Charlie, a night clerk, about how everything has changed since Hughie left. Who is Hughie and how can one person have such an impact on another? All of that and more is examined in this rarely seen staged drama.
The production is headlined by Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitaker as Erie making his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winner Frank Wood as Charlie, a night clerk. Both are pictured left with Whitaker on the right and Wood on the left. Tony Award winner Michael Grandage returns to Broadway reuniting his entire creative team from the 2010 Tony Award winning Red for Hughie this spring. This team includes Christopher Oram as scenic and costume designer, Tony Award winner Neil Austinas lighting designer and Tony Award winner Adam Cork as sound designer.
Hughie, written in 1942 by Eugene O’Neill, was never staged officially until 1958. The show made its first bow on Broadway in 1964 with Jason Robards starring as Erie. Robards went on to win the Tony Award for his performance in the show’s debut. It has been revived on Broadway twice, once in 1975 and once again in 1996 starring Al Pacino.
Luner Lowdown: I’d like to wish congratulations to everyone involved with Hughie on Broadway! I was able to catch the show this past week, in its final previews, and enjoyed the rarely seen work. O’Neill plays are always something that leave you with something to digest and I found that with Hughie. I found myself wondering how much one person can make a difference in the life of another’s. I found myself astonished by one actor (Whitaker) carrying the entire piece, almost, essentially talking to himself in the form of an extended monologue. I found myself admiring Wood’s work as a secondary character whose reactions and sparse lines still managed to score with the work and audience. But above all, I found myself thinking about how important we don’t realize we are to one another. Sure we thank those we appreciate and love those we love but do we make that known? Do we do enough for another while we’re still here? Hughie may just answer that question for you. Don’t miss your chance to see this rarely staged drama.
Happy Opening Night to Hughie on Broadway! Don’t miss your chance to experience this rarely staged O’Neill work back on Broadway starring Forest Whitaker in his Broadway debut! You only have until June 2016! For more information, visit Hughie’s Official Website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (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!