A play set during the 2008 New Hampshire primary — with Hillary and Bill Clinton at its center — officially opens on Broadway this week.
According to Jezebel, Hillary and Clinton takes place over the course of one evening when Hillary, played by Laurie Metcalf, seeks help from her husband Bill, played by John Lithgow. Barack Obama and Mark Penn, who was the chief strategist for Clinton’s ‘08 campaign, are the only other two characters featured in the show.
Created by Lucas Hnath, Hillary and Clinton premiered in Chicago in 2016, and has been in previews on Broadway since March — its official premiere there is April 18. The play avoids overt references to Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, but Lithgow told Variety that the production has “a tremendous undertow of melancholy — certainly if you were a fan of Hillary Clinton’s and voted for her — that we don’t address directly, but it hangs in the air.”
And while dismay over the upcoming presidential election — still a year and a half away — has already set in, that hasn’t stopped theater-goers from clamoring to get tickets to Hillary and Clinton. Page Six reports that opening night for the show is standing room only.