Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut ‘Hughie’ To Close Early


It seems as though Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut Hughie will be short lived.

Whitaker won the Academy Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics groups awards for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

The revival of the two-character Eugene O’Neill drama will have its last performance on March 27, producers announced Thursday. The show had been expected to run through June.

The production earned generally strong reviews upon its official opening on February 27th but posted meager advance ticket sales.

For the week ending February 28th, Hughie grossed just $280,732, less than 40 percent of its potential earnings from the Booth Theatre.

Oscar award winning actor Whitaker starred opposite Frank Wood in the one-hour drama set in a Manhattan hotel lobby in the 1920’s. Michael Grandage directed the show.

By March 27th, the play will have performed 55 performances.