Former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Bill Clinton have been tapped to appear in the upcoming HBO Max “West Wing” reunion.
“A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote” will premiere Oct. 15, the network announced Tuesday, and will also feature an appearance by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The get-together marks the first gathering of the long-running, Emmy-winning show’s cast in 17 years. During the program, the stars — including ensemble members Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen — will perform a restaging of the Season 3 episode “Hartsfield’s Landing.” The episode follows pranksters C.J. (Janney) and Charlie (Hill), President Josiah Bartlet (Sheen) engaged in a chess match with Sam (Lowe) and Toby (Schiff) and New Hampshire primary woes faced by Josh (Whitford).
It was previously announced that creator Aaron Sorkin, 59, and executive producer Thomas Schlamme, 70, will film the reunion in October — following coronavirus production guidelines — at LA’s Orpheum Theatre. In a statement, HBO Max said the event will be held to “raise awareness for and support the vital mission of” When We All Vote, a nonprofit co-chaired by Obama. HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia also will make a donation to the group, which seeks to increase voter participation.
Emmy Award-winning composer and guitarist W.G. Snuffy Walden will play the original score for the series, which ran from 1999 to 2006 on NBC, and folk-rock band the Avett Brothers will close out the special.
“The West Wing,” which won 27 Emmys and two Golden Globes, aired for seven seasons and offered a behind-the-scenes look at work and life in the White House.
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