Friday, June 14, 2024

Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker Coming to Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie”


Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is coming for Tony Awards season next spring. He’ll star in Michael Grandage’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie.” The Shuberts are producing. It will be a short run to try and get Whitaker a Tony Award, then adios. But we’ll see how receptive the Broadway community– and the Tonys– are to another Hollywood star swooping in to collect a gold statue. It doesn’t work most of the time. But the box office should be big, and that’s the main thing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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