Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut to End Early
Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut will come to an end three months early after losing millions in the box office. The Oscar winner made his first appearance in the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s play Hughie on February 25, before producers of the show announced just one week later that the show will close on March 27. The production will end three months before its planned final date on June 12 – the same day as the Tony Awards.
On Thursday, show bosses cited “limited advance ticket sales following highly positive reviews,” for the early closing. The producers reportedly lost $3 million in their investments, according to Deadline. Hughie, directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage, features a drunken, small-time hustler played by Whitaker, who is mourning the death of a Manhattan hotel’s night clerk, Hughie. The play was first on Broadway in 1964 with Jason Robards originating the lead role, with Ben Gazzara and Al Pacino leading the revivals in later years. By the time Hughie shutters in March, it will have only played 55 performances.