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Tony Todd to replace Ernie Hudson in play at KU

Feb. 28, 2012

Tony ToddKUTZTOWN - A representative for acclaimed movie star and star of the stage, Ernie Hudson, best known for his role in Ghostbuster's I and II, has announced that due to unforeseen health issues, Hudson will be replaced with "24" star and Hudson friend, actor Tony Todd in the March 8 play, "Ghost in the House," at Kutztown University.

With more than 125 performances on the big screen, television and stage, Todd is best-known for his roles in "Candyman," three films in the "Final Destination" franchise, the "24" television series, the Klingon "Kurn" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and as the voice of "Fallen," in "Transformers: Rise of the Fallen."

Todd comes to Kutztown University to present "Ghost in the House," a play about America's first African-American Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson. The show is on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. held in the McFarland Student Union (MSU) building.

"Ghost in the House" portrays the last few years of the life of Jack Johnson. The story of Jack Johnson deals with sports and racism in the early 1900s. After Johnson beat the world heavyweight champion (Tommy Burns) in 1908, white people called for a "Great White Hope," a white boxer that could beat Johnson. Johnson's victory helped black athletes gain entrance into sports and change perceptions of black people. Johnson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, and is on the roster of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. His story is a lesson about racism, culture and overcoming adversity.

As Jack Johnson, Todd will reminisce about the hardships and the issues he dealt with during his boxing career.  Hudson got the idea when he was performing on Broadway in the "Great White Hope."

There will be a reception for premium ticket holders and sponsors honoring Todd and producer Frank Megna after the event. Additionally, Todd will have a "talk back" to the audience at the conclusion of the performance. 

For "Ghost in the House" show bookings, additional information or information about other shows, please contact Dr. James Ogden at 610-434-6252 or

Tickets are available for $45 for regular seats and $150 for premium seats which include a reception with Todd and Megna.

This event is sponsored by Kutztown University's Multicultural Center and The Center for Retailing Solutions. 


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