The critically praised production – read my Deadline review here – earned Metcalf a Tony Award nomination as best leading actress/play, but the trophy went to The Waverly Gallery‘s Elaine May. The $4.2 million H&C originally was set to close July 21.
With no Tony-assisted b.o. boost, today’s closing announcement was not unexpected. (Last week, the Rudin-produced Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus, a best play nominee, announced its closing; Rudin’s King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, closed June 9 – ahead of its originally planned July 7; Jackson’s failure to score a Tony nomination was one of the more confounding snubs of the season.)
When it closes on Sunday, June 23, H&C will have played 37 previews and 77 regular performances since beginning previews March 16, 2019, and opening April 18 at the Golden Theatre. In addition to Metcalf and Lithgow – who play the title characters, or, rather perhaps alternate-universe versions of the two – H&C featured Zak Orth and Peter Francis James. Joe Mantello directed.
Though even at its peak the play never reached must-see levels for the masses, recent weeks have seen the show heavily overshadowed by the buzzier, Tony-boasting productions. In the week leading up to the June 9 Tony Awards, Hillary And Clinton‘s weekly gross was a slight $291,098, only about 36% of its $814,632 potential.