Her 2016 presidential run was a flop, but Hillary Clinton will still see her name up in lights — on Broadway.
Simply called “Hillary and Clinton,” the play features Laurie Metcalf as Hillary and John Lithgow as Bill. Both stars are two-time Tony Award winners and could put the play in line for a Tony nomination, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
The play by Lucas Hnath is set in New Hampshire during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
The Hollywood Reporter explains its basic premise:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, her chief strategist Mark J. Penn and her husband Bill Clinton butt heads over whether bringing in the former president will be a liability or an asset in HRC's troubled campaign to secure the nomination for a White House run. Her opponent, Barack Obama, is the play's unnamed fourth character, referred to only as "The Other Guy."
Scott Rudin, the producer for “Hillary and Clinton,” told The Hollywood Reporter it's a new take on a "political play."
"It treats the Clintons like Shakespeare treated real people in his history plays — it is both fundamentally truthful and also wildly imaginative," Rudin said. "It's not in any way a docudrama or a work of nonfiction but rather an exploration of power and how it works, not only in the canvas of a political campaign but inside an enduring marriage."
Rudin also described the drama as "funny and smart and intensely theatrical and, I think, very moving.”
The play is scheduled to preview on March 15 and open on April 18 at a Broadway theater to be announced.