The Broadway show “Hillary and Clinton,” based on the lives of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will end early due to low ticket sales.
The play, written by Lucas Hnath, made its Broadway debut in April and will have played 77 shows and 37 previews by the time it officially closes, The New York Times reported Monday.
“Hillary and Clinton” cost $4.2 million to fund and has only made a gross sum of $291,098 since its opening. Its final performance was scheduled for July 21 but has been changed to June 23. (RELATED: Ticket Prices To See Hillary And Bill Speak Tank)
The show is set in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, where the fictional couple named Hillary Clinton, played by Laurie Metcalf, and Bill Clinton, played by John Lithgow, discuss the former secretary of state’s presidential run and then-Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s growing success.
Hnath described his production as “a play about the Clintons that’s not a play about the Clintons.” Metcalf was nominated for a Tony Award but did not win.(RELATED: Clintons Enjoy Night Out On Broadway During Trump’s Immigration Address)
A critic’s review of the play in the New York Times describes it as “piquant” and “slender.”
“Even though some of what happens here is pure fiction, I doubt you’ll be surprised by anything that’s said,” author Ben Brantley wrote. “The scenes between Hillary and Bill, in particular, feel like fairly obvious externalizations of common speculations about their prototypes’ relationship.”
The real Hillary and Bill Clinton also struggled with ticket sales this year for their speaking tour, with some tickets going on sale for 50% off at about $20 in the 13 cities they visited. VIP seats started at a sale price of $1,785 in November and went on sale for $829 at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre.
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