A Broadway show about the Clintons called “Hillary and Clinton” did not last long. It’s closing due to poor ticket sales not long after opening.
Fox News reported that the show which was a depiction of former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton will be ending its run early due to underwhelming ticket sales.
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.
The two stars of the former show, John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf, talked about what it was like to portray the infamous couple.
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One Twitter user made a good point.
I bet if it ended with her being arrested for treason it would have broken box office records. https://t.co/JmvWwli1B4
— Keith Barrett (@KeithBarrett) June 18, 2019
The Broadway show “Hillary and Clinton,” based on the lives of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will end early due to low ticket sales.
The play, written by Lucas Hnath, made its Broadway debut in April and will have played 77 shows and 37 previews by the time it officially closes, The New York Times reported Monday.
“Hillary and Clinton” cost $4.2 million to fund and has only made a gross sum of $291,098 since its opening. Its final performance was scheduled for July 21 but has been changed to June 23.
The show is set in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, where the fictional couple named Hillary Clinton, played by Laurie Metcalf, and Bill Clinton, played by John Lithgow, discuss the former secretary of state’s presidential run and then-Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s growing success.
Hnath described his production as “a play about the Clintons that’s not a play about the Clintons.” Metcalf was nominated for a Tony Award but did not win.
A critic’s review of the play in the New York Times describes it as “piquant” and “slender.”
“Even though some of what happens here is pure fiction, I doubt you’ll be surprised by anything that’s said,” author Ben Brantley wrote. “The scenes between Hillary and Bill, in particular, feel like fairly obvious externalizations of common speculations about their prototypes’ relationship.”
The real Hillary and Bill Clinton also struggled with ticket sales this year for their speaking tour, with some tickets going on sale for 50% off at about $20 in the 13 cities they visited. VIP seats started at a sale price of $1,785 in November and went on sale for $829 at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre.