'Suffs' announces Off-Broadway cast including Jenn Colella, Phillipa Soo, Nikki M. James
The musical will premiere at The Public Theater in March 2022.
The world premiere of the new musical Suffs, with a book, music, and lyrics by Shaina Taub, has announced casting. Performances will begin at The Public Theater on March 10, 2022 ahead of an April 6 opening night.
Suffs features an ensemble cast that includes Jenna Bainbridge as Harry T. Burn, Ally Bonino as Lucy Burns, Tsilala Brock as Dudley Malone, Jenn Colella as Carrie Catt, Hannah Cruz as Ruza Wenclawska, Nadia Dandashi as Doris Stevens, Aisha de Haas as Alva Belmont and Phoebe Burn, Amina Faye as Robin, Cassondra James as Mary Church Terrell, Nikki M. James as Ida B. Wells, Jaygee Macapugay as Mollie Hay, Grace McLean as Woodrow Wilson, Susan Oliveras as Nina Otero-Warren, Mia Pak as Mrs. Wu, J. Riley Jr as Phyllis Terrell, Phillipa Soo as Inez Milholland, and Ada Westfall as Mrs. Herndon. Taub herself will also perform as Alice Paul, with Holly Gould as her standby.
Bainbridge, Faye, Macapugay, Oliveras, Pak, Riley, and Westfall will also act as ensemble members, and Stephanie Everett, Monica Tulia Ramirez, Angela Travino have been cast as understudies. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Suffs is centered on the women's suffrage movement, specifically the seven years before the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. During those years, the suffragists, or "suffs," protested in the streets and created new tactics along the way. While outwardly fighting with the public and the government to secure the right to vote, they also had to overcome racial, class, and generational divides in service of their common cause.
Leigh Silverman directs the new musical, with Raja Feather Kelly choreographing.
Suffs tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.