Sunday, May 26, 2024

Broadway: “Hughie” With Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker Closing Ten Weeks Early


The bar is closing for Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” revival starring Forest Whitaker. The production will close on March 27th, ten weeks earlier than planned.

It’s not Whitaker’s fault. Whoever thought a 65 minute play set in a darkened bar and priced like a Broadway show was a good idea, well…

“Hughie” has never been a hit. It’s had three productions over the last fifty years, and all them were flops– even starring Jason Robards or Al Pacino. “Hughie” always plays for about 50 performances on Broadway before someone pulls the plug.

This production got a few good reviews. The rest were terrible. Maybe if it had been paired with another one-acter the production might have made it. Whitaker could still get some awards mention later this spring depending on how other shows fare.


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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