Scott Rudin is taking it on the chin. This is the third play of his this year to close early.”Gary”starring Nathan lane closed 7 weeks early and King Lear also will bang up early. Rudin, however, is enjoying success with “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which has broken box office records. The play was good(see my review in Metropolitan Magazine), but not over the top great as were the “Ferryman or “Waverly Gallery”.
Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ to Close One Month Early
11:48 AM PDT 6/17/2019 by Katherine Schaffstall
John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf in ‘Hillary and Clinton’
The play is the third Scott Rudin production of the 2018-19 season to move up its closing date following soft ticket sales.
The Broadway production of Hillary and Clinton will close one month early. Producer Scott Rudin on Monday announced that the Lucas Hnath play, which stars Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the title roles, will have its final performance Sunday.
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The early closing date for Hillary and Clinton is due to underwhelming ticket sales. The play, which cost $4.2 million to produce, began performances in March and drew mixed-to-positive reviews, but has struggled to fill seats, reaching only 36 percent of its gross potential in the last two weeks. Its cumulative box office stands at $4.7 million.
Directed by Joe Mantello, the limited engagement originally was scheduled through July 21. By the time of its final performance, the play will have had 37 previews and 77 regular performances at the John Golden Theater.
Hillary and Clinton takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room in 2008, imagining interactions between Hillary and Bill Clinton as she struggles with her campaign during the 2008 presidential election, with her chief opponent, Barack Obama, gaining steam. Hillary and Clinton is not based on the real Clintons, but instead characters with the same names in an alternate reality.
This is the third play produced by Rudin during the 2018-2019 season to end its run earlier than expected. Rudin’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, closed earlier this month, while Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus closed seven weeks ahead of its original Aug. 4 end date.
On the other end of the spectrum, however, Rudin is lead producer on the season’s top nonmusical blockbuster, the Aaron Sorkin adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which has broken records to become the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, surpassing $50 million at the box office.
Hnath’s play earned one Tony Award nomination during the 2019 ceremony for two-time previous winner Laurie Metcalf’s lead performance as Hillary Clinton, though she lost out on this year’s trophy to Elaine May for her work in another Rudin production, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery.
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Michael B. Jordan, Eva Longoria, Hasan Minhaj to Speak at CAA Amplify Summit
12:17 PM PDT 6/17/2019 by Rebecca Sun
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From left: Michael B. Jordan, Nahnatchka Khan, Hasan Minhaj, Eva Longoria
The third annual convening of the ideas confab, geared toward people of color, is set to take place June 24 in Ojai, California.
The team behind Warner Bros.’ upcoming legal drama Just Mercy will be featured on a panel about storytelling and social change at the third annual CAA Amplify summit, which is set to take place June 24 in Ojai, California.
Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, director/co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and Equal Justice Initiative executive director Bryan Stevenson will address an invitation-only guest list of artists and executives at the confab that focuses on people of color. In keeping with this year’s theme of narrative influence on changing hearts, minds and policies, other speakers include Riz Ahmed; The Rise Fund co-managing partner Maya Chorengel; Samsung NEXT and Samsung Electronics chief innovation officer David Eun; National Women’s Law Center president-CEO and Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund co-founder Fatima Goss Graves; former Obama administration senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; actor/director CJ Jones; Always Be My Maybe helmer and former Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan; playwright Young Jean Lee; Eva Longoria; writer Matthew Lopez; Hasan Minhaj; National Immigration Forum executive director Ali Noorani; Houston Rockets point guard and NBA Players Association president Chris Paul; Management Leadership for Tomorrow founder and CEO John Rice; former national security adviser Susan Rice; Suffolk County district attorney Rachael Rollins; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra; and political satirist Bassem Youssef.
CAA Amplify is hosted in partnership with the CAA Foundation and guided by a strategic collaboration with the Ford Foundation.
“Social action is woven into the fabric of CAA, and has been since 1995, when the new leadership of the agency established the CAA Foundation,” said the agency’s Ruben Garcia, who helps lead CAA’s inclusion and equity initiatives. “We are thrilled to continue this collaboration with the Ford Foundation to scale our efforts in driving narrative shift for so many critical social issues.”
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