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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Suffs on Broadway?

The musical, which explores the Women's Suffrage movement's victories and failures, officially opened April 18.

Hannah Cruz and company of Suffs Joan Marcus

The Broadway premiere of Suffs officially opened April 18 at the Music Box Theatre, and the reviews are in. The musical, which tells the story of the suffragists and forgotten women who fought for the right to vote, began previews March 26. 

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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.

Read the reviews below. 

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)*

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Steven Suskin, Roma Torre)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Amelia Merrill)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

The Stage (Lane Williamson)*

TheaterMania (Rachel Graham)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

The Times (Nancy Durrant)*

TimeOut (Regina Robbins)

Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

The Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)*

The Washington Post (Elisabeth Vincentelli)*

Winningham Writes (Madie Winningham)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Taub is starring in her own musical, reprising her Off-Broadway performance as Alice Paul, alongside Tony Award winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) as Ida B. Wells, Tony Award 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 Award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn. All cast members—save for Skinner, McCleskey, and Blanck—are rejoining the cast from the Off-Broadway production. Bonino and Dandashi make their Broadway debuts in the show.

The ensemble includes Laila Erica Drew as Phyllis Terrell/Robin and Jaygee Macapugay (Here Lies Love) as Mollie Hay, along with 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, 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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