With a book, music and lyrics by award-winner Shaina Taub and direction by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman, the musical — which had its world premiere off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2022 — is set to open at the Music Box Theatre on April 18, 2024. Preview dates and full casting have yet to be announced.
“We are elated to welcome Secretary Clinton and Malala to our Suffs producing team,” said the show’s producers, Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman. “As powerful role models, they each inspire millions around the globe in their rigorous fight for equality, and we are honored to have two such profoundly dedicated and courageous advocates supporting us on Broadway.”
The musical is set during 1913, as the women’s movement in America is growing thanks to the “Suffs,” or suffragists. The story, which sees women reaching across and against generational, racial and class divides, captures the relentless effort to obtain the legal right to vote for women in the U.S. — a feat that would eventually result in the 19th amendment — and the ongoing struggles for equality and equity across the country.
“I am thrilled to join with the team behind Suffs in bringing Shaina Taub’s remarkable musical about the unsung heroes of the American women’s suffrage movement to the Broadway stage – where it rightly belongs,” Clinton said in a statement. “And I can’t wait for audiences to experience this soul-stirring slice of long-overlooked American history; both entertaining and enlightening, Suffs paints a vivid picture of the necessary battles for democracy and equality that are still being fought today.”
“I loved Suffs when I saw it last year at The Public Theater,” added Yousafzai in her own statement. “Many women around the world are still fighting for equality — and we draw inspiration and strength through learning the stories of those who came before us. I am honored to support Shaina and this production, and I hope Suffs echoes beyond Broadway to reach audiences worldwide.”
Suffs‘ creative team includes choreography by Mayte Natalio, scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Jason Crystal with associate Sun Hee Kil, orchestrations by Michael Starobin; music supervision and music direction by Andrea Grody, and casting by Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray. 101 Productions, Ltd. is serving as the General Manager.