'Suffs' sets full Broadway cast including Nikki M. James, Jenn Colella
The Broadway transfer of Shaina Taub's musical, which premiered at The Public Theater in spring 2022, features multiple cast members from off Broadway.
They're marching onto Broadway! The musical Suffs has set its complete Broadway cast, with multiple actors returning from the show's world premiere in spring 2022. Broadway performances begin at the Music Box Theatre on March 26 ahead of an April 18 opening.
Shaina Taub, who wrote Suffs's book, music, and lyrics, will reprise her starring role of Alice Paul from the 2022 Off-Broadway production at The Public Theater. She becomes only the second woman in history to star in a Broadway musical she solely created, following Micki Grant with Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope in 1972.
Also returning are Nikki M. James as Ida B. Wells, Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella as Carrie Chapman Catt, Grace McLean as President Woodrow Wilson, Ally Bonino as Lucy Burns, Tsilala Brock as Dudley Malone, Nadia Dandashi as Doris Stevens, and Jaygee Macapugay as Mollie Hay.
Additionally, Hannah Cruz, who played the role of Ruza Wenclawska off Broadway, will step into the role of Inez Milholland, originated by Phillipa Soo.
New to the Suffs cast are Kim Blanck as Ruza Wenclawska, Anastacia McCleskey as Mary Church Terrell, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Alva Belmont/Phoebe Burn, Laila Drew as Phyllis Terrell/Robin, and Hawley Gould as the alternate for Alice Paul.
The ensemble includes Dana Costello, Jenna Bainbridge, Monica Tulia Ramirez, and Ada Westfall. Rounding out the cast are Christine Heesun Hwang, Kirsten Scott, Housso Semon, and D'Kaylah Unique Whitley.
Suffs tells the story of the women's suffrage movement, beginning in 1913, when a younger group of lesser-known suffragists challenged the old ways of protesting. The musical shows how they clashed on generational, racial, and class lines in their fight for change — which they achieved, but not without flaws.
Leigh Silverman returns to direct the production, which also features choreography by Mayte Natalio, music supervision and music direction by Andrea Grody, scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Jason Crystal, and orchestrations by Michael Starobin.
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Photo credit: Jenn Colella, Nikki M. James, and Shaina Taub. (Photos courtesy of Suffs off Broadway)
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