Two actors who are familiar faces on television and between them have received a staggering 23 Emmy nominations are headed to Broadway to play Bill and Hillary Clinton. Playbill reports that Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow will star in “Hillary and Clinton,” a new play by “A Doll’s House, Part 2” author Lucas Hnath.
Joe Mantello will direct the Scott Rudin production, which starts previews March 16, 2019, ahead of an April 18 opening at a theater to be announced.
“The play aims to explore the politics of marriage and gender roles as Hillary, a former first lady, is at odds with her husband Bill and her campaign manager Mark as she attempts to salvage her bid for president of the United States during the 2008 primaries,” Playbill reports.
“Metcalf earned a Tony Award earlier this year for the Mantello-helmed ‘Three Tall Women’ — her second consecutive win after starring as Nora in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ (both produced by Rudin),” Playbill notes. “She also earned her first Oscar nod this year for ‘Lady Bird’ and can be seen on the ‘Roseanne’ spinoff ‘The Conners.'”
Metcalf also is an 11-time Emmy nominee and won three consecutive Emmys for supporting actress in a comedy series for her work as Jackie Harris on “Roseanne” from 1992-1994
Lithgow is a Tony winner for “The Changing Room” and “Sweet Smell of Success,” and last appeared on Broadway in his solo show “Stories By Heart.” He’s a five-time Emmy winner, most recently in 2017 for his role as Winston Churchill on “The Crown,” and received six Emmy nominations and three Emmys for “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
In addition to his total of 12 Emmy nominations, Lithgow has two Oscar nominations, for “The World According to Garp” and “Terms of Endearment.”