Kerry Butler cast as Hilary in Clinton the Musical

Tony nominee Kerry Butler has been cast as Hilary Rodham Clinton in the upcoming off-Broadway premiere of Clinton the Musical, directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, which will officially open at New World Stages on 9 April 2015, following previews from 26 March, and is currently booking through to 6 September 2015.

Kerry Butler earned her Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 2008 for her performance for 'Xanadu.' Other Broadway credits include 'Gore Vidal's The Best Man,' 'Catch Me If You Can,' 'Rock of Ages,' 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'Hairspray,' Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Blood Brothers,' and 'Les Misérables.' Her off-Broadway credits include 'Under My Skin,' 'The Call,' 'Miracle Brothers,' 'Prodigal,' and 'Bat Boy: The Musical.'

Clinton the Musical features a book by Paul Hodge and Michael Hodge, and music and lyrics by Paul Hodge.

Synopsis: "The show explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: 'WJ,' the wholesome, intelligent one, and 'Billy,' the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe."

The musical comedy premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, before transferring to London's King's Head Theatre in 2013 and the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014.

The creative team of Clinton the Musical features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by David Woolard and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald. It is produced off-Broadway by Kari Lynn Hearn.

Further casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

- by Tom Millward

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