Malala Yousafzai To Become Broadway Producer for Suffragist Musical “Suffs”

“I loved ‘Suffs’ when I saw it last year at The Public Theater,” Yousafzai said. “Many women around the world are still fighting for equality — and we draw inspiration and strength through learning the stories of those who came before us."

Malala Yousafzai To Become Broadway Producer for Suffragist Musical “Suffs”
Malala Yousafzai, best known as the world's youngest Nobel Prize laureate, flexes her creative muscles with her first Broadway production credit.

The historical musical "Suffs" (2022 – ), which is based on suffragists and their American women's suffrage movement, is moving to Broadway this spring. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai have joined the producing team as co-producers.

Shaina Taub’s musical “Suffs” enjoyed an extended, sold-out run Off Broadway at The Public Theater last year. The musical portrays the women's suffrage movement in 1913, highlighting their relentless pursuit of voting rights and telling the story of their hard-fought victory.

The official synopsis of “Suffs,” from the show’s official site:

A musical event one hundred years in the making, ‘Suffs’ brings to life a complicated chapter in the ongoing battle for the right to vote: the American women’s suffrage movement. Written by and featuring one of the most exciting new voices in theater, Shaina Taub, this epic new musical takes an unflinching look at these unsung trailblazers. In the seven years leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, an impassioned group of suffragists — “Suffs” as they called themselves — took to the streets, pioneering protest tactics that transformed the country. They risked their lives as they clashed with the president, the public and each other. A thrilling story of brilliant, flawed women working against and across generational, racial and class divides, ‘Suffs’ boldly explores the victories and failures of a fight for equality that is still far from over.

Clinton and Yousafzai are excited to bring this overlooked history to a global audience. “I loved ‘Suffs’ when I saw it last year at The Public Theater,” Yousafzai told Deadline. “Many women around the world are still fighting for equality — and we draw inspiration and strength through learning the stories of those who came before us. I am honored to support Shaina and this production, and I hope Suffs echoes beyond Broadway to reach audiences worldwide.”

“Suffs” features a book, music and lyrics by Taub, direction by Leigh Silverman (“Violet,” 2014), choreography by Mayte Natalio (“How to Dance in Ohio,” 2023 – ), scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (“Jagged Little Pill,” 2019 – 2021), costume design by Paul Tazewell (“Hamilton,” 2015 – ), lighting design by Lap Chi Chu (“Camelot,” 2023), sound design by Jason Crystal (“Sweeney Todd,” 2023 – ) with associate Sun Hee Kil (“Choir Boy,” 2019), orchestrations by Michael Starobin (“Next to Normal,” 2009 – 2011), and music supervision and music direction by Andrea Grody (“The Band’s Visit,” 2017 – 2019).

“Suffs” will open at the Music Box Theatre on April 18.

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