Forest Whitaker Is Making His Broadway Debut in Hughie

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
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Forest Whitaker in 2015
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All the greats eventually return to the stage, where most actors cut their teeth.

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, a trained stage actor, will be making his Broadway debut this spring playing a hustler named Erie in the Eugene O'Neill play Hughie. Al Pacino played Erie in 1996. 

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According to Variety, the play is an hourlong monologue in which Erie, in the lobby of a hotel, reminisces about the good ol' days. He talks the ears off the hotel clerk as he brings up fond memories of his late friend Hughie, the previous clerk.

Whitaker kills every production he's a part of; and more important, he knows how to choose great scripts, so this should be a must-see. The opening night of Hughie has yet to be announced. 

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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