Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, Lilli Cooper, More to Star in POTUS On Broadway | Playbill

Broadway News Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, Lilli Cooper, More to Star in POTUS On Broadway

Susan Stroman directs the new farce from playwright Selina Fillinger, also starring Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, and Julie White.

Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, and Lilli Cooper

Lilli Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Rachel Dratch, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White, and Vanessa Williams will star in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive at Broadway's Shubert Theatre, with performances beginning April 14 prior to a May 9 opening night. Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys) is set to direct. The limited engagement will continue through August 14.

The work, a 2019 selection for the Killroys' List, will give 28 year–old playwright Selina Fillinger her Broadway debut. Described as a "modern farce," the work centers on a PR nightmare that befalls the White House, with seven female support staff risking everything to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble.

“Growing up in Oregon, long before I could fathom working on Broadway, all I wanted was to glimpse it,” says Fillinger. “To be premiering my play at the Shubert, with this extraordinary cast and the legendary director, Susan Stroman, is quite literally the stuff of dreams. I hope the show offers joy, folly, and the strength to keep fighting at a time when the world needs all three.”

Cooper will star as Chris, DeLaria as Bernadette, Dratch as Stephanie, Hough as Dusty, Nakamura as Jean, White as Harriet, and Williams as Margaret. Dratch, Hough, and Nakamura will all make their Broadway debuts with the production.

“Grateful and excited is an understatement," shares Cooper. "These women?! I mean, holy shit. I can’t believe I get to be a part of a lineup with them. POTUS is one of the funniest scripts I’ve ever read, I laughed so hard I peed a little. Probably doesn’t help that I just had a baby, but still.”

Rounding out the cast will be Anita Abdinezhad (Persian Pod), Gisela Chípe (Manifest), Jennifer Fouché (Chicken & Biscuits), and Lisa Helmi Johanson (Avenue Q) as standbys.

Stroman will lead a creative team that includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Sonoyo Nishikawa, and sound designer Jessica Paz. Hair and wig design will be by Cookie Jordan, with Rocio Mendez providing intimacy and fight direction. Casting is by Taylor Williams, and Johnny Milani is production stage manager. Foresight Theatrical will provide general management.

POTUS will be produced on Broadway by Seaview (Slave Play), Lynette Howell Taylor's 51 Entertainment (A Star is Born), Glass Half Full Productions (Betrayal), Level Forward (What the Constitution Means to Me), Salman Al-Rashid, Sony Music Masterworks, Mark Gordon Pictures, Imagine Equal Entertainment, Jonathan Demar, Luke Katler, Thomas Laub, and David J. Lynch. Level Forward will also serve as impact producer, with key partnerships with organizations supporting women running for office and voter registration to be announced in the coming weeks.

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