Are you ready for Clinton: The Musical, America?
Well, tough. It’s happening whether you like it or not. This spring, two Australian playwrights are bringing the former First Family to the American theater scene, allowing you to pay actual money to relive the 1990s in all of its terrible, Clinton-y glory.
The cast of characters includes Dick Morris, Newt Gingrich, Monica Lewinsky and former Clinton special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who sings “A Starr Is Born” and “Sexual Relations.” There’s a dancing press corps and music that takes you back to Celine Dion, Hanson and the Spice Girls.
“It really does its job of taking down America and uplifting it at the same time, in a weird sort of way,” said Dan Knechtges, the Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer. “Nothing is sacred.”
Two men will play the 42nd president — one a wholesome, intelligent Clinton, and another a randy, rogue one (Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon share the task.) Only Hillary can see both.
They aren’t kidding around, either. The play is attracting big names, including Tony-nominated actress Kerry Butler who will take the stage as Hillary Rodham Clinton around the same time the real former First Lady will announce her official Presidential campaign, if rumors are to be believed (the kickoff stalled a bit, apparently, when the email fiasco came to light). Paul Hodge, one of the pair of brothers behind the musical, is a veteran comedy writer who’s worked on 30 Rock, The Simpsons and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is basically my new favorite show in the history of ever.
If you want to catch Clinton fever (and if you don’t you should wear protection), you can see the show at New World Stages starting April 9.
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