FAST FIVE: Clinton Broadway Play Shuts Down Early After Ticket Sales Sag
A 90-minute fictional Broadway play about Bill and Hillary Clinton will end its run a month early due to soft ticket sales.
Starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, Hillary and Clinton was scheduled to close July 21, but will instead hold its final performance on Sunday, June 23 according to producer Scott Rudin. 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. -Fox News The play was launched in Chicago in 2016 with a different cast, and premiered on Broadway in April of this year at the John Golden Theatre.
It was described by playwright Lucas Hnath as “a play about the Clintons that's not a play about the Clintons.” As the New York Times puts it, the play was “asking us to see the world through the eyes of a woman who ostensibly has all the right stuff to be president and yet is never allowed to win.” Lithgow described the Broadway show as taking on a new sense of “melancholy” in the Donald Trump era, according to the Washington Free Beacon's David Rutz. In May, tickets for the real Bill and Hillary Clinton's 13 stop speaking tour were similarly dismal – selling for less than $10 on the secondary market in some cities. .