Though former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would rather shove her scandals out of the public consciousness as she readies her presidential bid, two Australian brothers are about to throw a monkey wrench into the works.
“Clinton the Musical” is scheduled for an off-Broadway debut in in April, just about the time that Clinton is expected to announce her run for the White House, according to The Associated Press.
The cast of characters includes portrayals of former Clinton adviser Dick Morris and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican who helped President Bill Clinton reduce the national debt and restore the economy.
Good times, right?
“The thing that endeared Bill Clinton and continues to endear him to the American public is that he was a very identifiable human being,” Paul Hodge, who wrote the music and lyrics, told the AP. “He was clearly human, and he had flaws like everyone.”
But the musical’s characters will also include former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, with whom the former president had a well-publicized dalliance, and Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor whose investigation of the Clinton administration led to Clinton’s impeachment.
“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 musical’s 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.
That bifurcated idea was first proposed by Michael Hodge, Paul’s older brother, a lawyer in Australia, who co-wrote the story and now consults daily with his brother via Skype on last-minute changes.
“It seemed like a good device to sum up a very complicated man but also something that had a lot of opportunity for humor, and also something that allowed us to tell a story that everyone knows in way that they don’t know,” said Paul Hodge, a Ph.D. candidate in musical composition at the University of Queensland.
Although the musical is essentially a period piece set in the 1990s, topical humor — including Hillary Clinton’s email difficulties — were included in the script.
“That’s part of the fun of doing something that’s set in the past, where people know what’s going to happen in the future but the characters in the past don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hodge said. “That’s an opportunity for comedy.”
But don’t expect Hillary to enjoy the humor.
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