Celebrating Forest Whitaker’s First Broadway Appearance

by Maria Panskaya Photographed by Forest Whitaker, Harvey Weinstein== Harvey Weinstein hosts a celebration for Forest Whitaker in Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie"== Elyx House, 400 West 14th Street, NYC== February 18, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== ==
Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Harvey Weinstein hosted a party Elyx House on February 18th to celebrate Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut as Erie Smith, the hustler in Eugene O’Neill’s play Hughie, which will open in spring 2016.

While the Oscar-winner is well known for his incredible performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and the self-employed samurai Ghost Dog, Whitaker is yet to play another grandstanding character, which has previously been played by the likes of Al Pacino, Brian Dennehy and Richard Schiff. Michael Grandage, the former Donmar Warehouse director whose recent hits include The Cripple of Inishmaan and the Tony-winning Red, will lead the production.

Among the notable attendees were Sting and Trudie Styler, Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Emmy Rossum, Matthew Broderick, Debra Messing, Edie Falco, Richard Dreyfuss, Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee, Joshua Jackson, Paul Haggis, Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, Carla Gugino, Bernadette Peters, Gayle King, Kelsey Grammer, Russell Simmons, Steve Guttenberg, Billy Magnussen, Gina Gershon, Debi Mazar, Margarita Levieva, Bebe Neuwirth, Daisy Lewis, Hill Harper, Erin Richards, Portia Doubleday, Callie Thorne, Jonathan Cake, Danny Strong, Billy Connolly, Laura Michelle Kelly, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Joe Pantoliano, Grace Hightower De Niro, Michelle Collins, John Varvatos, Chris Benz, Judah Friedlander, John Goldwyn, Sandra Brant, June Ambrose, Jamie Tisch, Hamish Bowles, Lorraine Schwartz, Jamie Johnson, Will Cotton, Gretta Monahan and Ricky Paull Goldin, Anh Duong, Anne McNally, Karen Duffy, Jonas Tåhlin and Andrew Saffir.

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