Broadway Play About The Clintons Closing Early Due To ‘Soft’ Ticket Sales

A new play about the Clintons went to Broadway recently but is closing earlier than planned because of poor ticket sales.

You have to wonder why the creators thought this was a good idea in the first place. Were they relying on leftists who wanted to fantasize about what could have been?

The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ to Close One Month Early

The Broadway production of Hillary and Clinton will close one month early. Producer Scott Rudin on Monday announced that the Lucas Hnath play, which stars Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the title roles, will have its final performance Sunday.

The early closing date for Hillary and Clinton is due to underwhelming ticket sales. The play, which cost $4.2 million to produce, began performances in March and drew mixed-to-positive reviews, but has struggled to fill seats, reaching only 36 percent of its gross potential in the past two weeks. Its cumulative box office stands at $4.7 million.

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Directed by Joe Mantello, the limited engagement originally was scheduled through July 21. By the time of its final performance, the play will have had 37 previews and 77 regular performances at the John Golden Theater.

Hillary and Clinton takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, imagining interactions between Hillary and Bill Clinton as she struggles with her campaign during the 2008 presidential election, with her chief opponent, Barack Obama, gaining steam.

Why is anyone surprised that this show flopped?

Check out this lackluster review from Variety:

The only thing wrong in this fictionalized visit to the 2008 primary — the one that saw Barack Obama claim the Democratic nomination for president over Hillary — is that playwright Hnath, Tony nominated for “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” has brought nothing of substance to the table.

The characters stand up. The language is strong. But like Claudius’s earnest prayer to his resolutely unimpressed God in “Hamlet,” nothing said by either party reaches the heavens.

Wouldn’t you rather watch old reruns of Law and Order than this show?

 

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