Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 08: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Broadway depiction of former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton will be ending its run early due to underwhelming ticket sales.

The production of "Hillary and Clinton" was scheduled to close July 21, but producer Scott Rudin announced Monday that its final performance will be held Sunday. June 23. The play cost $4.2 million to produce and accumulated only $4.7 million at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show, titled "Hillary and Clinton," takes place in March 2008 and offers a fictional behind-the-scenes look at the former secretary of state's first presidential campaign as then-Senator Barack Obama began gaining momentum. The play stars Tony winners Laurie Metcalf as the Democratic candidate and John Lithgow as former President Bill Clinton.

Metcalf was nominated for her lead performance at this year's Tony Awards, but lost to Elaine May in "The Waverly Gallery."

The play premiered in Chicago in 2016 with an entirely different cast. It premiered on Broadway in April 2019 at the John Golden Theatre. Playwright Lucas Hnath described his production as "a play about the Clintons that's not a play about the Clintons."

The cast also featured Zak Orth as former Clinton pollster Mark Penn and Peter Francis James as Barack Obama -- referred to in the play as "The Other Guy."

The early curtain call comes after Hillary and Bill's national tour also struggled to find an audience this year, with some tickets for the 13-city event selling at more than 50 percent off.

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