Julianne Hough to Make Broadway Debut in New Play ‘POTUS’

Jill O'Rourke
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Julianne HoughChris Pizzello, Invision via Associated Press

Former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough is set to make her Broadway debut this April, in a new play called POTUS that also stars Vanessa Williams. The star posted the exciting news on Instagram this week, sharing what a dream come true it is for her.


Julianne Hough to Make Broadway Debut

“My entire life, I have always been inspired by the unmatched talent that graces the Broadway stage,” Hough wrote on Instagram. “Being part of a production like this speaks to the artistry, dedication, and grit that it takes to become that level of entertainer.”

The full title for the play is POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. The comedy was written by Selina Fillinger and will be directed by Susan Stroman. The show also stars Lilli Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Ratchel Dratch, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White, and Vanessa Williams.

According to the New York Times, previews for the show will begin April 14, with an opening date set for May 9. The play is scheduled to run at the Shubert Theater until August 14.


“For years we’ve had this endless cycle of headlines about powerful men abusing their power, and each time I was fascinated by the women orbiting the men and enabling them,” Fillinger told the Times. “The more I started to think about these women, the farce started to write itself.”

SEE ALSO: DEREK HOUGH, JULIANNE HOUGH TO STAR IN ‘STEP INTO THE MOVIES’ SPECIAL

Hough Does Have Some Acting Experience

Hough may be mostly known as a dancer, but she does have some acting experience under her belt. In 2010, she appeared in the movie Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher. She went on to star in the movie musicals Footloose and Rock of Ages.


Not all of her roles have been musical, however. She also acted with Josh Duhamel in the romantic movie Safe Haven, as well as the dramedy Paradise and the horror movie Curve. In 2016, she played Sandy in FOX’s live production of Grease.

Hough reiterated her excitement over the new project on Instagram stories, writing, “I’m so freakin excited I can’t even handle myself.”

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