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When the city sleeps, he’s
just getting started.

Summer, 1928. New York City. Beyond the bright lights of the Great White Way, a small-time gambler and big-time drinker returns to the faded hotel he has made his home. He encounters a new night clerk at the front desk and as the early hours of the morning give way to another dawn, he continues to chase the American Dream in order to survive. HUGHIE is a rarely seen one-act theatrical masterpiece that beautifully offers a unique insight into the human condition.

Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and BAFTA Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Crying GameThe Last King of Scotland, The Butler) makes his highly anticipated Broadway debut in the emotionally charged play HUGHIE by the great Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. This production also features Tony Award® winner Frank Wood (Side Man, Angels in America, Clybourne Park) and is directed by the Tony® and Olivier Award-winning visionary director Michael Grandage (Red, Frost/Nixon, The Cripple of Inishmaan), who is reuniting for the first time with his complete Tony-winning design team from the hit play Red.

Book your tickets today and be the first to experience one of the most exciting Broadway debuts in recent years, in one of Broadway’s most intimate theaters.

HUGHIE is performed with no intermission. No latecomers will be seated once the performance starts.


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Forest Whitaker

(Erie Smith)

is an actor, producer and director who has won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA for his portrayal of Dictator Idi Amin in Kevin Macdonald’s The Last King of Scotland, and has appeared in over fifty films that have collectively grossed over $2 billion. Whitaker studied opera and drama in college and his first big-screen breakout performance was in Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Over the next thirty years, he worked with the greatest directors of our time, appearing in critically acclaimed films that include Oliver Stone’s Platoon, Clint Eastwood’s Bird (for which Whitaker won the Best Actor Award at Cannes), Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money (opposite Paul Newman), Robert Altman’s Ready to Wear, Wayne Wang’s Smoke, Barry Levinson’s Good Morning Vietnam, Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, David Fincher’s Panic Room, Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. As a director, Mr. Whitaker’s work includes HBO’s Strapped, Waiting to Exhale, Hope Floats, and First Daughter. Most recently, Mr. Whitaker won critical acclaim for his performance in Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw, with upcoming film projects that include Star Wars: Rogue One.

Frank Wood

(Night Clerk)

won the Tony Award and the Drama League Award for Side Man. He went on to play the role of “Gene” on London’s West End and in Australia. Frank was last seen on Broadway in Clybourne Park. Off-Broadway, he was in MCC’s production of The Nether at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, and played “Roy Cohn” in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Angels in America. Wood’s additional Broadway credits include August: Osage County; Born Yesterday; Hollywood Arms and he has been seen Off-Broadway in the original productions of Spring Awakening at The Atlantic Theatre, Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Minetta Lane Theatre and CSC. He has been seen on film in Gold, Changeling, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Dan in Real Life, Thirteen Days, Pollock, People I Know, In America, Down to You, Royal Tennenbaums, Greetings from Tim Buckley, and The Missing Person. Frank’s Television credits include “The Newsroom,” “The Good Wife,” “Modern Family,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Knick,” “Girls,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Frank Wood has performed regionally at The Goodman Theatre; ACT; Long Wharf Theatre; Hartford Stage; Williamstown Theatre Fest.; McCarter Theatre; Cincinnati Playhouse; Arena Stage, DC; Mark Taper Forum, LA. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and NYU Graduate Acting Program (MFA).

Peter Bradbury

(Standby Erie Smith, Night Clerk)

Broadway: King Charles III, Elephant Man (also West End), Casa ValentinaCyrano, PicnicMrs. Warren’s Profession, Championship SeasonNorman Conquests, Man For All SeasonsPresent LaughterHedda Gabler, Caine MutinyHerbal Bed.  Off-Bway: Christmas Carol, Tom Durnin, The OverwhelmingSnakebit, etc. TV: “Shades of Blue,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Sally Hemings,” “Law & Orders,” “Rubicon,” etc.

Eugene O'Neill


Born in New York City October 16, 1888, Eugene O’Neill was the first great American playwright. His father was James O’Neill, the famous dramatic actor, and during his early years, O’Neill often traveled with his parents. Beyond the Horizon(1920), the first of his plays to reach Broadway, won a Pulitzer Prize (he eventually won four) and opened the way for serious theatre in this country. In 1936 he became the only American playwright ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His major works include The Emperor Jones (1920); The Hairy Ape (1922); Desire Under the Elms (1924); The Great God Brown (1926); Strange Interlude (1928); Mourning Becomes Electra (1931); Ah, Wilderness! (1933); A Moon for the Misbegotten (1957); Hughie (1964); A Touch of the Poet (1967); and what most authorities consider his two greatest plays, The Iceman Cometh (1964) and Long Day’s Journey into Night, completed in 1941 but unproduced until three years after his death on November 27, 1953.

Michael Grandage


is a multi-award winning director and producer. His recent Broadway credits include Red (Tony Award winner and Drama Desk Award winner for Best Director), The Cripple of Inishmaan, Frost/Nixon, Hamlet with Jude Law and Evita. Mr. Grandage recently directed Nicole Kidman in the West End this fall in the U.K. premiere of the new play Photograph 51, by Anna Ziegler. He was artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse from 2002-2012, where his work included Richard II, Luise Miller, Red, King Lear, Jude Law in Hamlet (also Elsinore and New York), Ivanov (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Award Best Director), Madame de Sade, Twelfth Night, The Chalk Garden (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards Best Director), Don Juan in Soho, Frost/Nixon (also Gielgud, New York, USA tour, Tony Nomination Award for Best Director), Othello (Evening Standard and Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Director), The Wild Duck (Critic’s Circle Award Best Director), Guys and Dolls (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Grand Hotel (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Evening Standard Award Best Director), The Cut, After Miss Julie, Caligula (Olivier Award Best Director), Merrily We Roll Along (Evening Standard Award Best Director), Passion Play (Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Director). For Sheffield Theatres, he directed many productions including Don Carlos (Evening Standard Award Best Director). He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University and is President of Central School of Speech and Drama. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. His book A Decade at the Donmar, was published by Constable & Robins in 2012.
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Christopher Oram

(Scenic and Costume Design)

Recipient of the Tony, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics Circle, Garland and Ovation awards for his work both here in the U.S. and in the U.K. Recent work on Broadway includes the scenic and costume designs for Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Garden), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cort), Evita (Marquis), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Rogers) and the Donmar Warehouse productions of Red (Golden), Hamlet with Jude Law (Broadhurst) and Frost/Nixon (Jacobs). Also, Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh (Park Avenue Armory), King Lear with Derek Jacobi (BAM), and the Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd (BAM).

Neil Austin

(Lighting Design)

Recipient of the 2010 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Red and the 2011 Olivier Award for The White Guard (National Theatre, UK). U.S. credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita, Red, Hamlet, The Seafarer, andFrost/Nixon (Broadway), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory), The Night Alive (Atlantic Theatre), Julius Caesar (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago), The Sunshine Boys (Ahmanson), Red, Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Madame Butterfly (Houston Grand Opera), Evita & Frost/Nixon (US 1st National Tours). He has designed over 240 productions in the UK and worldwide, including: 38 for the National Theatre, 25 for the Donmar Warehouse and 31 in the West End.

Adam Cork

(Sound Design and Original Music)

has written mainly for the stage, incorporating sound design within his work to create integrated music and sound scores embracing instrumental music, electronic music and song for many celebrated productions. London Road,(NT) co-written by Adam with Alecky Blythe, won the Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical in 2011 and a feature film version was released in 2015. Adam also received an Olivier Award in 2011 for King Lear (Donmar), the Evening Standard ‘Best Design’ Award 2011 for Anna Christie & King Lear (Donmar), and a Tony Award in 2010 for his music & sound score for Red (Donmar/Broadway). In 2010 Adam also received a Tony Award nomination ‘Best Score’ (Music & Lyrics) for Enron (Headlong/West End/Broadway). Also on Broadway, his sound design for Macbeth (2008) was nominated for a Tony Award and his music for Frost/Nixon (2007) was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Other theatre work includes Photograph 51, Henry V, Peter & Alice (MGC/Coward); Three Days in the Country, Phèdre (NT); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (RSC); Richard II, A Streetcar Named Desire, Othello, The Chalk Garden, Creditors, The Wild Duck, Caligula (Donmar); Hamlet (also Broadway), Ivanov (Donmar/Wyndham’s); No Man’s Land (Duke of York’s); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Gielgud/Chichester); Don Carlos (Gielgud/Sheffield); Medea, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Late Henry Moss (Almeida); Faustus, Paradise Lost (Headlong). Screen work includes London Road, Genius, The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Macbeth, Frances Tuesday, Re-ignited, Imprints, Bust and Tripletake. Radio scores include Losing Rosalind, The Luneberg Variation, The Colonel-Bird, On the Ceiling.


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"DEEPLY SATISFYING. ‘HUGHIE’ GLOWS thanks to FOREST WHITAKER onstage and MICHAEL GRANDAGE as director—the perfect people for the jobs."

"MAGNETIC AND COMPELLING. An extraordinary kind of heaven to watch."

"FOREST WHITAKER is OUTSTANDING in the finely-etched revival of EUGENE O'NEILL's 'HUGHIE,' under MICHAEL GRANDAGE'S well-calibrated direction."

"FOREST WHITAKER makes A MOVING BROADWAY DEBUT that will resonate with anyone."

"It's a burst of applause as the great Oscar winner Forest Whitaker makes a powerful Broadway debut."



"Close your eyes and just listen. Forest Whitaker makes a moving Broadway debut."


"Whitaker brings a buoyant, sweet, almost delicate sensibility to the breakable soul."


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