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POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Summary

  • Show Status: Currently playing at the Shubert Theatre
  • Genre: Play
  • POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass is 105 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: April 14, 2022
  • Show Opened: April 27, 2022
  • Show Closes: August 14, 2022

The President is surrounded by seven powerful women who do their best to keep the "dumbass" out of trouble with their talented damage-control, but will they succeed?

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass on Broadway Background

New Broadway play that takes the prize for being the longest Broadway show name in over fifty years “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” — is a farce about a group of women that try to keep the President of the United States out of trouble.

The uproarious new comedy about these women in charge of the man in charge of the free world, POTUS stakes its flag on Broadway in 2022. This show marks the Broadway debut of 28-year-old playwright Selina Fillinger (Something Clean), in a production that is directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys).

All Star Cast of Celebrities

The cast includes a number of celebrities that will be making their Broadway debuts including Julianne Hough, Vanessa Williams, Rachel Dratch, Lea DeLaria, Lilli Cooper, Suzy Nakamura and Julie White.

Fillinger, an Oregon native who has been working in Los Angeles as a writer on “The Morning Show,” said she started “POTUS” six years ago. POTUS is an common acronym for The President of the United States

Is the Show About Trump?

Fillinger says the show is not actually about at all Trump, but she goes on to say that its an amalgamation of many men in power. The show is set in the White House because that’s the highest office in the land, but could be set it in any company or institution.

Fillinger’s Previous Theatrical Work

Fillinger’s previous work, “Something Clean,” was staged by Roundabout Underground in 2019 and was praised by the New York Times critic Ben Brantley as “a beautifully observed, richly compassionate new drama.”

Thematic Overlap Between the Two Plays

Fillinger said there is some thematic overlap between POTUS and Something Clean, which was about a mother grappling with her son’s conviction for sexual assault. Her first play, Faceless was about an American jihadist and does not have thematic overlap with POTUS

Fillinger is often interested in writing about complicity. Both these plays centered on the people in the wings, who really are the power behind the public image and their complicity in the main characters actions and how they divest themselves from accountability.

POTUS Tries to Finagle the 2022 Tony Awards Nominations

POTUS opens in previews on April 14, 2022 and was scheduled for a red carpet opening on May 9, 2022. The show Producers made an aggressive decision to only allow the show to now only have two weeks of previews and have the red carpet opening on April 27, 2022. This move allows the show to slip in just one day before the Tony Awards eligibility cut-off, which means the show can be nominated for this years TONY Awards.

The show has invited all the TONY voters to attend the show on that date., but it remains to be seen if they will actually show up, as they are a bunch of old and crusty miscreants.

What’s POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Like?

One four-letter word is about to rock 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women he relies upon most risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble, but will they succeed?

All an-star cast that is also all-women, tells the story of this latest tome from Selina Fillinger.

Is POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Good for Kids?

Although the content of the show is not too adult centric, the show may not be suitable for children given its lewd humor and many expletives.

Theatre Information

Shubert Theatre

225 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,468
Entrance: 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave.
Theatre Information

Shubert Theatre Seating Chart

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Marquee

POTUS Marquee at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in NYC

Cast Members

Chris
Lilli Cooper
Bernadette
Lea DeLaria
Stephanie
Rachel Dratch
Dusty
Julianne Hough
Jean
Suzy Nakamura
Harriet
Julie White
Margaret
Vanessa Williams

Producers

Seaview, led by Greg Nobile

51 Entertainment, founded by Lynette Howell Taylor

Glass Half Full Productions, managed by Gareth Lake

Level Forward, co-founded by Abigail Disney

Production Credits

Director
Susan Stroman

Creative Team

Writer
Selina Fillinger