POTUS star Julianne Hough gave a special preview of the rap—yes, rap—she does onstage in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, now playing Broadway's Shubert Theatre. Watch the demonstration above.
Hough is making her Broadway debut in the work, starring alongside 2022 Tony Award nominees Rachel Dratch and Julie White (a 2007 Tony winner), Tony nominees Lilli Cooper and Vanessa Williams, Lea Delaira, and Suzy Nakamura.
Directed by Tony winner Susan Stroman, the production officially opened April 27, and the limited engagement is set to run through August 14. Twenty-eight year-old The Morning Show writer Selina Fillinger makes her Broadway debut as the work's playwright. Read reviews here.
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 as seven female support staff 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.
Rounding out the company are understudies Anita Abdinezhad, Gisela Chípe, Jennifer Fouché, and Lisa Helmi Johnason. The production also features voiceovers from E. Clayton Cornelius, Richard Gatta, Pat Kiernan, Kevin Ligon, JC Montgomery, and Ari Shapiro.
POTUS features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Sonoyo Nishikawa, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, fight and intimacy direction by Rocio Mendez, and make-up design by Kirk Cambridge-Del Pesche. Casting is by Taylor Williams, with Johnny Milani serving as production stage manager.