Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to portray Hillary and Bill Clinton on Broadway

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are taking on the Clintons.

The two actors will portray Hillary and Bill, respectively, in a new Broadway production, Hillary and Clinton, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Joe Mantello.

The play will take audiences behind closed doors of the early days in the former first lady’s bid for the 2008 presidential election as her husband and campaign manager butt heads over how things should be run. Hnath’s play will examine gender and marriage politics through the lens of this American dynasty in crisis.

The play marks a reunion for Metcalf and Hnath, who wrote A Doll’s House, Part 2, for which Metcalf won a 2017 Tony Award. The following year, she took home another Tony for Three Tall Women, co-starring Glenda Jackson, who won the triple crown of acting for her performance, and Alison Pill.

Speaking with ET about her celebrated turn in A Doll’s House, Metcalf praised Hnath for the collaborative atmosphere as the play made its journey from the workshop to Broadway. “Everybody had a say and it was helpful in, I think, finding a balance for all four characters’ viewpoints. Lucas was open to working with everybody.”

Offstage, Metcalf is set to reprise her role as Jackie on The Conners, ABC’s new spinoff after Roseanne was canceled earlier this year.

Lithgow, meanwhile, is no stranger to the stage, having recently come off a limited run of the one-man show, John Lithgow: Stories by Heart. His portrayal of Clinton follows his award-winning turn as Winston Churchill on The Crown and news that he’s been cast to play Roger Ailes in Fair and Balanced, the working title for the upcoming Fox News biopic, starring Allison Janney, Charlize Theron, Kate McKinnon, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

Previews for Hillary and Clinton begin March 16, 2019, with an official opening set for April 18, 2019. The theater is to be announced.

15 PHOTOS
Bill and Hillary Clinton falling in love throwbacks
See Gallery
Bill and Hillary Clinton falling in love throwbacks
Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton comforts Hillary Rodham Clinton on the set of the news program '60 Minutes' after a stage light unexpectedly broke loose from the ceiling and knocked her down, January 26, 1992. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Certain Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton (R) is applauded by his wife Hillary 14 July 1992, before his address to the Women's Caucus of the 1992 Democratic National Convention, New York. Clinton is campaigning in New York along with his running mate Sen. Al Gore. (Photo credit should read MARK PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images)
1993: American statesman Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, and his wife, lawyer Hillary Rodham Clinton, have a laugh together on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. (Photo by Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: First Lady Hillary Clinton (L) laughs after introducing US President Bill Clinton 27 April in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. The President and First Lady were attending a celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the Kennedy Center. (Photo credit should read RICHARD ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, : US President Bill Clinton (R) gets a hug from his wife Hillary after the presidential debate 16 October at Shiley Theater at the University of San Diego in California. This is the last debate prior to the 05 presidential election. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton (R) leans towards US First Lady Hillary Clinton 17 July in the East Room of the White House during a ceremony for the Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies Program. Arkansas court watchers are expecting President Clinton to testify by videotape 17 July in the criminal trial of two former associates. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
291964 06: (NO NEWSWEEK - NO USNEWS) President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary dance at an inaugural ball January 20, 1997 in Washington, DC. Clinton attended various inaugural balls after his defeat of Bob Dole in the national presidential election. (Photo by Cynthia Johnson/Liaison)
PHILADELPHIA, : US President Bill Clinton has his chin pinched by First Lady Hillary Clinton during kick-off ceremonies for the Presidents' Summit for America's Future at the Marcus Foster Stadium 27 April in Philadelphia, PA. The Clintons were joined by the Vice President, and former Presidents Bush, and Carter for the volunteerism campaign. AFP PHOTO PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. THOMAS, UNITED STATES: US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton dance on the beach of Megan Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 04 January shortly after taking a swim. The President and his family concluded their vacation on the tropical island and are returning to Washington. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 10: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) U.S President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton smile at each other during a Democratic Business Leaders event September 10, 1998 in Washington D.C. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.