Will “Suffs” Have Enough To Snuff Out The Competition This Season



Suffragette!!!! Ohhhh!!! Ohhhhh!!! As Sir Paul McCartney once sang or thereabouts. “Suffs,” is the latest Broadway sensation nominated for 6 Tony Awards and executive produced by Hillary Clinton. “Suffs” transports audiences back to the heart of the suffragette movement in 1917. This bombastic and poignant musical, led by Shaina Taub, a multifaceted talent who wears many hats as the writer, composer, and star, shines a bright light on the historical journey of the courageous women fighting for the right to vote. In the spirit of Lin Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking work with “Hamilton,” Taub showcases her brilliance, promising a masterpiece that is bound to sweep award season and take the Broadway stage by storm. I was lucky enough to attend this production on the day of The Tony nominations, and the energy in the air was palpable. “Suffs,” in particular, resonates today as this very day Columbia University is occupied by protesters fighting for what they believe is the same thing the Suffragist movement fought for and continues to fight for– human rights for everyone across the board.

At the core of “Suffs” is a tale of empowerment and resilience, brought to life by a stellar cast of female and non-binary performers. Under the skillful direction of Leigh Silverman, the show weaves together a tapestry of emotions, struggles, and triumphs of the suffragist movement and the feminist and ERA movement up until today. From Tony-nominated Philippa Soo of “Hamilton” fame to the remarkable Jenn Colella from “Come From Away,” the talented ensemble breathes life into the characters who shaped the history of The United States with their unwavering determination.

As the storyline unfolds, audiences are immersed in the world of the “Suffs” – the fearless women who challenged the status quo and demanded equality at the ballot box. Rooted in the late 19th to early 20th-century suffrage movement, the musical pays homage to the unsung heroes who paved the way for future generations. Through protests, marches, and acts of civil disobedience, these suffragists, led by figures like Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Ida B. Wells, made strides toward gender equality and shattered barriers that had long confined women’s voices.

The creative genius of Shaina Taub extends beyond the stage as she delves into the complexities of generational divides and racial tensions within the suffragist movement. With a powerful narrative that resonates with modern-day audiences, “Suffs” highlights the nuances of activism and the importance of unity in the face of adversity. Each character, from Lucy Burns to Doris Stevens, represents a piece of the puzzle in the fight for women’s rights, shedding light on their contributions and sacrifices. A fight that continues today.

Embracing the rhythmic melodies and stirring lyrics of Taub’s compositions, the music in “Suffs” serves as a soaring anthem of empowerment and solidarity. From protest anthems like “The Young Are at the Gates” to poignant solos like Wells’s “Wait My Turn,” the score captures the essence of the suffragette movement and amplifies the voices of those who dared to dream of a more just society. With new songs like “Great American Bitch” and “We Demand” amplifying the message of progress and resilience, the audience is taken on an emotional journey through time.

Marching onto the Broadway stage at the iconic Music Box Theatre, “Suffs” stands as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the impact of women in shaping history. Offering a fresh perspective on a pivotal moment in American democracy, the musical invites audiences to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of those who fought for social justice. As the curtain rises and the cast takes their place, a sense of anticipation fills the air, signaling the beginning of a theatrical experience that is both enlightening and empowering. There is no show on Broadway like this right now. I have a feeling we will see many high school and college productions of “Suffs” in the coming years as it fits perfectly into many curricula.

In a world where the echoes of past battles for equality still ring loud, “Suffs” emerges as a timely reminder of the progress made and the work that lies ahead. With its vibrant cast, stirring music, and compelling narrative, the musical captures the essence of a movement that continues to inspire change and ignite passion in all who bear witness to its story. As the spotlight shines on the remarkable women who paved the way for future generations, “Suffs” stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of those who dared to dream of a fairer, more inclusive world.

Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making as “Suffs” takes its place on the Broadway stage, ready to captivate hearts and minds with its powerful message of equality and empowerment. Join the march towards progress, and immerse yourself in the vivid tapestry of voices and stories that define the suffragette movement. With every note sung and every line spoken, “Suffs” reminds us of the power of unity, the strength of conviction, and the importance of standing up for what is right.

As the final curtain falls and the audience rises in applause, the legacy of the suffragists lives on, inspiring a new generation to carry the torch of equality forward. Let the spirit of “Suffs” ignite a fire within you, urging you to keep marching, keep fighting, and keep believing in a future where all voices are heard and all votes count. Experience the magic of “Suffs” – a musical masterpiece that will leave you spellbound, hopeful, and inspired by the untold stories of those who dared to change the world.

Run time 2 hours 30 minutes

15 minute Intermission

Link To Tickets For Suffs


DB Frick
D.B. is a long time writer and performer. He's had the opportunity to work alongside such greats a Martin Scorsese and Jesse Eisenberg. Most recently D.B. was a writer and performer for the podcast The National Lampoon Presents The Final Edition run by comic icon Tony Hendra, whom D.B. has also written with. D.B. was Senior Comedy Writer for The NY Theatre Guide, interviewing many greats and reviewing NYC Comedy. D.B. also has a script used as material in an NYU Tisch writing class taught by mentor, D.B. Gilles. D.B. has also taught Improv and Writing at UCLA and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

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