Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 12, 2024

Broadway's 'Suffs' Struggles to Draw Crowds During Peak Season

Hillary Clinton's latest venture into Broadway production is reportedly facing unexpected challenges.

The Broadway play Suffs, produced by the former secretary of State, is seeing significantly low attendance despite the ongoing peak season for theatre, as Fox News reports.

Last week, "Suffs" reported an 81% capacity over eight performances, a troubling figure for a new show, especially during a time when theaters are typically bustling. This positions the play in the less favorable bottom 23% of all shows currently running on Broadway.

Competing Against Broadway Giants

This musical, celebrating the women's suffrage movement, competes with high-drawing shows like Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and Moulin Rouge! The Musical. These popular productions draw significant crowds, highlighting the competitive nature of Broadway.

Despite its historical significance and the involvement of high-profile producers like Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai, Suffs has struggled to fill seats.

Behind the Scenes of Suffs

The musical, set in the early 1900s, dramatizes the pivotal moments of the women's suffrage movement. Composed by Shaina Taub and directed by Leigh Silverman, the play features an entirely female and non-binary cast, including Tony winner Nikki M. James and Jenn Colella.

Grace McLean takes on a challenging role portraying President Woodrow Wilson, adding a unique twist to the historical narrative.

Despite its innovative casting and historical depth, the three-hour-long musical has not resonated as expected with Broadway audiences. Just last week, attendance slipped to 78% of its total seating capacity.

Key Figures in Suffs

Alongside Clinton and Yousafzai, the production team includes influential names such as Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman, with Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, also listed as a producer.

In discussing her connection to the play, Hillary Clinton shared her personal resonance with the struggles depicted in Suffs. She drew parallels between her own political experiences and those of the suffragettes, emphasizing the ongoing relevance of their fight in today's sociopolitical climate.

Clinton's reflections offer a deeper look into the motivations behind the production and its intended impact on audiences.

Media Observations on Suffs

Breitbart News pointed out that Suffs should be attracting larger audiences, especially considering the timing before the Tony Awards -- a peak season for Broadway that typically sees increased ticket sales.

This critique underscores the unexpected box office results for a play backed by such high-profile figures during an advantageous time.

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