Forest Whitaker to make Broadway debut this spring

Forest Whitaker

NEW YORK — Forest Whitaker will make his Broadway debut next year as a drunken, small time hustler in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie.”

The Academy Award and Golden Globe winner will play Erie, who tells his tale to a sympathetic soul in a rundown hotel lobby. He misses Hughie, the fleabag hotel’s desk clerk who has just died. Michael Grandage will direct.

Whitaker’s movie roles include Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” and his Oscar-winning turn as Idi Amin in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland.”

The play is set in 1928 and runs about an hour.

Dates and theater will be announced later.