Which First Ladies Inspired Vanessa Williams' Character in Broadway's POTUS? | Playbill

Video Which First Ladies Inspired Vanessa Williams' Character in Broadway's POTUS?

The Tony nominee and Rachel Dratch dropped by Today to talk about co-starring in the Susan Stroman-helmed play, currently running at the Shubert Theatre.

Vanessa Williams and Rachel Dratch dropped by the Today show April 21 to talk about starring on Broadway in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. The new play, written by Selina Fillinger and helmed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, is set to open at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre April 27.

Williams, who plays fictional First Lady Margaret, shares which real-life First Ladies inspired her character. See who she cites in the full appearance above.

Along with Williams and Dratch, the all-star cast includes Tony winner Julie White, Tony nominee Lilli Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough (currently sidelined with a bout of COVID), and Suzy Nakamura.

The work, a 2019 selection for the Killroys' List, is described as a "modern farce," centering on a PR nightmare that befalls the White House and the seven female support staff who risk everything to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Cooper stars as Chris, DeLaria as Bernadette, Dratch as Stephanie, Hough as Dusty, Nakamura as Jean, White as Harriet, and Williams as Margaret in the new play.

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