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Musical about Bill Clinton coming to New York

Soon in New York: 'Clinton,' a musical that imagines 2 Bill Clintons, one a rube and one beloved
Bill Clinton. Hillary. Monica. Kenneth. Singing. It's 'Clinton,' the musical, next month in NYC

With all things Clinton back in the news, a recent musical comedy about the former president will be heading to New York next month as part of the annual New York Musical Theatre Festival.

"Clinton," which was presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, is a comedy that imagines two Bill Clintons -- one an uncouth rube from Arkansas, the other a beloved president of the people. The cast of characters includes other familiar faces from Clinton's White House years, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Al Gore, Kenneth Starr and, of course, Monica Lewinsky.

The festival's program notes state that the musical, written by Paul and Michael Hodge, "follows two Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that 'politics is show business for ugly people.'"

The production will run July 18 to 25 at New York's Pershing Square Signature Center, which normally serves as home to the Signature Theatre Company.

Hillary Clinton recently released her latest memoirs "Hard Choices," which details her time serving as secretary of State. In recent interviews, she has dodged questions about whether she will run for president in 2016.

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