Zak Orth & Peter Francis James to join Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow in Hillary and Clinton on Broadway
Performances of Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton begin on March 6, 2019 at Broadway's Golden Theatre.
Casting is now complete for the previously announced Broadway production of Lucas Hnath's new play Hillary and Clinton, which is set to begin previews at the Golden Theatre on March 6, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 18.
Joining two-time Tony Award winner & three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf (as Hillary) and two-time Tony Award winner & six-time Emmy Award winner John Lithgow (as Bill) will be Broadway alumni Zak Orth (as Mark Penn) and Peter Francis James (as Barack).
Mr. Orth previously made his Broadway debut as Stephen Undershaft in the 2001 revival of Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, whilst Mr. James' Broadway credits include the recent revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter, as well as The Merchant of Venice, On Golden Pond, Drowning Crow, and Judgment at Nuremberg.
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."
Under the direction of two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, 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 is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin.
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."