See Shaina Taub and Producer Hillary Clinton Chat Suffs on Kelly Clarkson; Plus, Taub Performs 'Keep Marching' | Playbill

Video See Shaina Taub and Producer Hillary Clinton Chat Suffs on Kelly Clarkson; Plus, Taub Performs 'Keep Marching'

Suffs opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre this week.

Suffs creator (and star) Shaina Taub teamed up with Kelly Clarkson to perform "Keep Marching On" from the new Broadway show, now in previews at Music Box Theatre. Prior to the epic duet, Taub—along with Suffs producer and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—chatted with Clarkson about all the musical, which officially opens April 18.

Though Clinton signed onto the project relatively recently, Taub explained on the show how Clinton was an ever-present influence on the making of the musical, as Taub was in the early stages of writing it during the 2016 presidential election campaign. "I was writing the first song for it while I was getting so excited to vote for her, and then, in the wake of that election I was feeling down, I heard her speech telling young girls to never doubt how valuable and powerful they are...when I heard that, I thought: 'I have to keep going and write this story.'" said Taub.

Clinton states that she loved the show's debut at The Public Theater, so when she received a letter from Taub asking if she'd sign on as a producer, she was immediately drawn to the opportunity. "I was so moved that she had written part of the story about how women got the vote and how hard it when she sent me the letter, I thought, well, I'll help in any way I can. I don't know anything about producing Broadway musicals, but I love going to them, so I'm a kind of target audience," said Clinton, who has been long known to frequent numerous Broadway musicals throughout the seasons.

Taub also performed "Keep Marching" from the musical. See Taub and Clinton's full interview with Clarkson, plus Taub's performance, in the video above.

Set in the years leading up to the 19th amendment, Suffs explores the Women's Suffrage movement's victories and failures with a book, music, and lyrics by Shaina Taub. The musical previously had a sold-out run at the Public Theater in 2022. Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman are producing the Broadway premiere, with Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai as co-producers.

Taub stars in her own musical, reprising her Off-Broadway performance as Alice Paul, alongside Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) as Ida B. Wells, Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away) as Carrie Chapman Catt, Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812) as President Woodrow Wilson, Hannah Cruz as Inez Milholland, Kim Blanck as Ruza Wenclawska, Anastacia McCleskey (Waitress) as Mary Church Terrell, Ally Bonino as Lucy Burns, Tsilala Brock as Dudley Malone, Nadia Dandashi as Doris Stevens, and Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn. All cast members—save for Skinner, McCleskey, and Blanck—were also part of the Off-Broadway production. Bonino and Dandashi make their Broadway debuts in the show.

Photos: Suffs Sneak Peek

The cast also includes Hawley Gould (Camelot) as the alternate for Alice Paul, Jaygee Macapugay (Here Lies Love) as Mollie Hay, and Laila Drew as Phyllis Terrell/Robin. The ensemble includes Dana Costello, Jenna Bainbridge, Monica Tulia Ramirez, Ada Westfall, Christine Heesun Hwang, Kirsten Scott, Housso Sémon, and D'Kaylah Unique Whitley. Chessa Metz serves as understudy.

Director Leigh Silverman again directs the Broadway production, which features a largely new creative team. Aside from returning music supervisor and music director Andrea Grody, the Broadway creative team includes Suffs newcomers choreographer Mayte Natalio, scenic designer Riccardo Hernández, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, sound designer Jason Crystal, and orchestrator Michael Starobin. 101 Productions is the general manager.


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