Broadway Play About Bill and Hilary Clinton Will Close Early Due to Low Ticket Sales

By Victor Westerkamp

A Broadway play about former president Bill Clinton and former First Lady and 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will find it’s premature curtain call due to low ticket sales.

The Broadway production titled “Hillary and Clinton” will be ending one month early on June 23, the show’s producer, Scott Rudin, announced on June 18, according to Fox News. It was originally scheduled to run until July 21.

The play cost $4.2 million to produce, but has so far reached a cumulative $4.7 million in box office sales since performances began in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The play is set in a New Hampshire hotel room and portrays fictional interactions between fictional versions of Hillary and Bill Clinton as Hilary struggles with her first presidential campaign in 2008 while her main opponent Barack Obama—referred to as “The Other Guy”—surpasses her.

Playwright Lucas Hnath described it as “a play about the Clintons that’s not a play about the Clintons,” according to Fox News.

The play, which stars John Lithgow and Emmy Award nominee Laurie Metcalf as Bill and Hillary Clinton, first debut in Chicago in 2016 with a completely different cast. The current cast also stars Peter Francis James as Barack Obama and Zak Orth as former Clinton pollster Mark Penn.

Though the production received positive reviews overall, it has nonetheless had a hard time filling seats.

This is the third Scott Rudin production during the 2018-2019 season to come to an early close due to poor ticket sales, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Rudin’s “King Lear” production closed early in June, while “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” will close on Aug. 4, seven weeks before schedule, according to the outlet.

The play’s premature close comes as the “real” Bill and Hillary Clinton also struggle to fill seats this season for their 13-city Speaking Tour event. Fox News reported ticket prices have plunged as low as 50 percent, while some are going for as little as $20 on the secondary market, according to the outlet.

At Seattle’s WaMu Theater, for instance, the prime seats on Friday were initially listed at $1,785 but have since gone down to $829—a dramatic 54 percent dip.