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Video Video: Look Back on Suffs' Journey to Broadway

The Shaina Taub musical's cast and creatives revisited the show's early days in a new video.

Suffs, the suffragist movement musical written by and starring Shaina Taub, is currently running at Broadway's Music Box Theatre after opening April 18. The musical has come a long way since its sold-out run at the Public Theater in 2022—watch Taub, director Leigh Silverman, Nikki M. James, and more of the musical's cast and creatives break down Suffs' journey to Broadway 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. Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman produce the Broadway premiere, with Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai as co-producers. Read the reviews here.

The musical is currently nominated for six 2024 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book of a Musical (for Taub), Original Score (also for Taub), Featured Actress in a Musical (for James), Direction of a Musical (for Silverman), and Costume Design of a Musical (for Paul Tazewell). See the full list of nominations here. Winners will be named June 16. More Tony Awards coverage is at

Taub is reprising her Off-Broadway performance as Alice Paul, alongside Tony winner 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, Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn, Laila Erica Drew as Phyllis Terrell/Robin, and Jaygee Macapugay (Here Lies Love) as Mollie Hay. All cast members—save for Skinner, McCleskey, Blanck, and Drew—were part of the Off-Broadway production. Bonino, Dandashi, and Drew make their Broadway debuts in the show.

The ensemble includes Jenna Bainbridge, Dana Costello, Monica Tulia Ramirez, and Ada Westfall. Hawley Gould is the alternate for Alice Paul, with the company rounded out by swings Christine Heesun Hwang, Chessa Metz, Kirsten Scott, Housson Semon, and D'Kaylah Unique Whitley.

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.

Photos: Shaina Taub's Suffs on Broadway

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