Kirsters Baish’s Opinion| ICYMI 6/19 – It has been reported by Fox News that a Broadway play depicting former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State/former First Lady Hillary Clinton will be coming to an early end after ticket sales were less than profitable.
The production of “Hillary and Clinton” was scheduled to close July 21, but producer Scott Rudin announced Monday that its final performance will be held Sunday. June 23. The play cost $4.2 million to produce and accumulated only $4.7 million at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show, titled “Hillary and Clinton,” takes place in March 2008 and offers a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the former secretary of state’s first presidential campaign as then-Senator Barack Obama began gaining momentum. The play stars Tony winners Laurie Metcalf as the Democratic candidate and John Lithgow as former President Bill Clinton.
At the 2019 Tony Awards, Metcalf was nominated for an award for her performance in the leading role, but lost the award to Elaine May who stared in “The Waverly Gallery.”
According to Fox, “The play premiered in Chicago in 2016 with an entirely different cast. It premiered on Broadway in April 2019 at the John Golden Theatre. Playwright Lucas Hnath described his production as ‘a play about the Clintons that’s not a play about the Clintons.’ The cast also featured Zak Orth as former Clinton pollster Mark Penn and Peter Francis James as Barack Obama — referred to in the play as ‘The Other Guy.'”
Fox explains, “The early curtain call comes after Hillary and Bill’s national tour also struggled to find an audience this year, with some tickets for the 13-city event selling at more than 50 percent off.”
Bongino.com reports of the play:
The Broadway play Hillary and Clinton will close one month early due to poor ticket sales.
The show stars John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf and will have its final performance this Sunday. The play was originally scheduled to run through July 21.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the play cost $4.2 million to produce and its cumulative box office only stands at $4.7 million.
The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Hillary and Clinton takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, imagining interactions between Hillary and Bill Clinton as she struggles with her campaign during the 2008 presidential election, with her chief opponent, Barack Obama, gaining steam. Hillary and Clinton is not based on the real Clintons, but instead characters with the same names in an alternate reality.”