The Clintons may be ready for their musical theater debut, but one member of the Bush family is hoping presidential musicals don’t become the latest trend.
Jenna Bush Hager, a frequent NBC host, discussed “Clinton: The Musical,” a musical by Australian brothers Michael and Paul Hodge that will appear New York City’s New York Musical Theater Festival, on The Today Show Wednesday morning. She said she wasn’t able to laugh at the thought of Bill and Hillary on stage because it “gives me anxiety.”
“I just hope ‘Bush: The Musical’ ain’t next,” she proclaimed.
But Hager did have a little fun with the potential musical at the prompting of her co-hosts on the segment, Hoda Katb and Al Roker. She said she hoped either Jennifer Aniston (because of her “great bod”) or Alicia Silverstone (because she loved her in “Clueless”) would play her in the musical rendition of her life.
Roker asked who would play former President George W. Bush in the musical and Hager brought up comedian Will Ferrell’s past experience playing her dad.
“That wasn’t so complimentary of my old pops,” she said.
Ferrell wrote and starred in a Broadway special production back in 2009 titled, “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush.” Hager also commented that she had not seen his performance because “you usually don’t go see the shows where they call your dad a bad name.”
“I just hope this doesn’t give anybody ideas,” she concluded. “No more musicals.”