Clinton’s got its Bills! Broadway alum Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon will play two sides of the same coin in Clinton the Musical. Galantich will take on the role of the wholesome Commander In Chief: WJ, while Lafoon will play the scandal-ridden Billy. The pair, along with John Treacy Egan as Newt Gingrich, Veronica Kuehn as Monica Lewinsky and more, join previously announced stars Kerry Butler as Hillary Clinton and Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt. Performances will begin at New World Stages on March 25. Opening night is set for April 9.
Clinton The Musical, which features a book by Michael and Paul Hodge and a score by Paul, explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two will handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe. Dan Knechtges directs.
Galantich has appeared on Broadway in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Boys from Syracuse, Mamma Mia! and City of Angels. Lafoon makes his off-Broadway debut in Clinton The Musical, though he also played the titular president in the similarly titled Monica! The Musical with Upright Citizens Brigade. Egan’s Great White Way credits include Casa Valentina, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kuehn Sister Act and Bye Bye Birdie. Kuehn made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and has since starred in Avenue Q off-Broadway.
Additional cast members include Kevin Zak as Kenneth Starr, as well as Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen Wylder. The production will feature set design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Paul Miller, costumes by David Woolard and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald.