A sparsely attended production that marked the Broadway debut of an Oscar-winning actor is closing early. Deadline.com reports that Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie,” starring Forest Whitaker, will shutter after losing almost $3 million.
“A 55-minute one-act that is primarily a monologue by a small-beer drunk and gambler who regales a hotel night clerk with tales of his now-vanquished prowess, ‘Hughie’ opened last Thursday to handful of rave reviews, including The New York Times, Newsday and The New Yorker,” Deadline reports. “But many of the other reviews were withering, with the Daily News exclaiming, ‘This Hughie is hooey.’”
The producers announced last night that the production, which was originally slated to run through June 12, will shut down March 27.
Whitaker won an Academy Award in 2007 for his lead performance in “The Last King of Scotland.”