Hillary and Clinton, starring Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow, to play Broadway's Golden Theatre; King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, moves to the Cort Theatre
Hillary and Clinton begins performances on March 6, 2019, and King Lear begins its Broadway run on February 28, 2019.
Producer Scott Rudin has confirmed that the previously announced production of Lucas Hnath's new play Hillary and Clinton has now found its Broadway home and will play the Golden Theatre from March 6, 2019, with an official opening scheduled for April 18. In addition, the previously announced new production of William Shakespeare's King Lear has now moved to Broadway's Cort Theatre, where it will run from February 28 to July 7, 2019, with an official opening set for April 4.
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, Hillary and Clinton stars two-time Tony Award winner & three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and two-time Tony Award winner & six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow as Hillary and Bill Clinton, respectively.
Synopsis: "Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary (Metcalf) is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill (Lithgow), sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything that can happen, will. In Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience and inevitability in this profoundly timely look at an American dynasty in crisis."
The creative team behind Hillary and Clinton features scenic design by Chloe Lamford, costume design by Tony and Academy Award winner Ann Roth, and lighting design by Tony Award winner Hugh Vanstone.
Hillary and Clinton Tickets will be available soon.
King Lear stars Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in the titular role, alongside Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (as Earl of Gloucester), Elizabeth Marvel (as Goneril), Aisling O’Sullivan (as Regan), Pedro Pascal (as Edmund), Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson (as Earl of Kent), two-time Olivier Award winner & Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (as Cordelia/Fool), Sean Carvajal (as Edgar), Dion Johnstone (as Duke of Albany), Russell Harvard (as Duke of Cornwall), and Matthew Maher (as Oswald).
The new production will be directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and will also feature an original score by Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe & BAFTA Award-winning composer Philip Glass. The creative team also features scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jane Cox, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
King Lear Tickets are available now for performances from February 28 to July 7, 2019.
Laurie Metcalf previously collaborated with playwright Lucas Hnath and picked up her first Tony Award in 2017 for her performance as Nora in the Broadway premiere of A Doll's House, Part 2 at the Golden Theatre. She won her second Tony Award this year for her most recent Broadway outing in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, also at the Golden Theatre, and earned Tony nominations for Misery (2016), The Other Place (2013) and November (2008). Other Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and My Thing Of Love. She is perhaps best known for her recently Oscar-nominated film role as Marion McPherson in "Lady Bird," as well as her TV role as Jackie Harris in "Roseanne," which earned her three Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She will reprise the role in the upcoming spin-off "The Conners". Other notable screen credits include "The Big Bang Theory," "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Uncle Buck," "JFK," "Internal Affairs," and Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise.
John Lithgow was last seen on Broadway in John Lithgow: Stories By Heart for Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre from December 2017 to March 2018. He won Tony Awards for his performances in Sweet Smell of Success (2002) and The Changing Room (1973). He also received Tony nominations for The Columnist (2012), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005), M. Butterfly (1988), and Requiem for a Heavyweight (1985). On screen, he has earned two Oscar nominations (for "Terms of Endearment" in 1984 and for "The World According to Garp" in 1983), won two Golden Globes (for "Dexter" in 2010 and for "3rd Rock from the Sun" in 1997) and he has also picked up a total of six Emmy Awards (for "The Crown," "Dexter," "Amazing Stories," and three for "3rd Rock from the Sun"). Other notable screen credits include "Interstellar," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Leap Year," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Dreamgirls," "Shrek," "Cliffhanger," "Santa Claus: The Movie," and "Footloose."
Prior to her 2018 Tony Award win for Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Glenda Jackson had previously appeared on Broadway four times and received four Tony Award nominations. She made her Broadway debut in Marat/Sade in 1965, and went on to star in Rose (1981), Strange Interlude (1985) and the 1988 revival of Macbeth. After a 23 year-stint as a Member of Parliament in the UK, she returned to the stage in 2016 to take on the title role in London's acclaimed production of King Lear, which also earned her a fifth Olivier Award nomination. On screen, she won Academy Awards for "Women in Love" in 1971 and for "A Touch of Class" in 1974 and also earned Oscar nominations for "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1972) and "Hedda" (1976).