The words of Broadway’s hottest emerging playwright, Lucas Hnath, will be back on Broadway next Spring in a play that’s sure to turn the Great White Way to solid blue.
The play, Hillary and Clinton, features a bewildered Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign as she struggles to stay afloat in Iowa against a fictionalized Barack Obama (referred to in the play as “that other guy”). It echoes some of the themes that recently brought Hnath widespread critical acclaim in A Doll’s House, part II: marriage, misogyny, women’s determination pitted against unfair societal structures, and more. Not to mention, the recently-announced cast is already generating buzz.
Fresh off of an Oscar nomination and multiple Tony wins, national treasure Laurie Metcalf will take on the role of Hillary Clinton. Metcalf won a Tony last year for her portrayal of Nora in A Doll’s House, part II. John Lithgow, whose performance as Winston Churchill on The Crown has wowed audiences, will play her husband Bill.
People are excited to say the least.
“Laurie Metcalf is playing Hillary Clinton on Broadway” is something you say to an upset gay toddler to get him to smile on camera.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) October 4, 2018
Me: LAURIE METCALF IS GOING TO PLAY HILLARY CLINTON ON BROADWAY NEXT SPRING pic.twitter.com/KNch3GRtcB
— keaton kilde (@keatonkildebell) October 4, 2018
BREAKING: Laurie Metcalf (!) and John Lithgow (!) will star on Broadway in Hillary and Clinton, a new play by Lucas Hnath. It opens in April. The spring season is officially ON.
— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) October 4, 2018
John Lithgow is a great actor, even better live, hope the show does well!
— Paul Baker (@paulbakerzflats) October 5, 2018
— IMME (@MelroseCode) October 4, 2018
Love Laurie Metcalf – Great actress…!
— Jann Canaday (@janncanaday) October 4, 2018
Unsurprisingly, because Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned, some still felt the need to inexplicably rage against a woman they don’t know for…not being president…?
Put her in prison she eats babies. We all know time to send her ass to prison forever and let her enjoy time there. Sick of what the government is doing causing great tyranny against the people..human trafficking right in the fucking court rooms. Fuck you. Report something worthy
— Elaya aka Doll Face (@Elaya_Jae_Doll) October 4, 2018
We already saw Bill and Hillary on TV pic.twitter.com/g0zYpvzbs5
— Deplorable BB8 (@Bb8Deplorable) October 7, 2018
You mean rapist and nasty, evil, traitor, criminal, sore loser, witch?
— Angel Romero (@AngelRo76124503) October 7, 2018
But the play seems likely to address Hillary Clinton’s perception and why so many relish hating her.
Some gems from the Lucas Hnath play, Hillary and Clinton, which will star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow.. Don’t know if this will be rewritten, but this is the version printed last year with the production note. pic.twitter.com/ugye7Ue46V
— Tess (@violetscrawley) October 4, 2018
It’s unclear if Bill and Hillary, avid New York theatergoers in their free time, will be in the audience to see themselves onstage, but they’d better get their tickets quickly. This show looks like it’s ready to sell out.