Broadway’s Political Renaissance Transcends ‘Hamilton’
Can they catch the conscience of the king? Politically themed shows such as Hillary and Clinton, previewing today with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, have occupied Broadway. Hillary joins plays like What the Constitution Means to Me and Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus in dramatic consciousness-raising that famously included the Hamilton cast’s 2016 curtain-call lecture of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Does it pay? Hamilton is an epic hit, and even the journalistic Lifespan of a Fact — something star Daniel Radcliffe says might not have been considered “political” 10 years ago — easily recouped its $4.1 million cost.