Hillary Clinton Surprises, Receives Standing Ovation at Tony Awards

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She’s got their support.

Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, made an unexpected visit to the Tony Awards on Sunday, where she was met with a lively standing ovation from the audience.

“It’s been a wonderful night!” exclaimed the former Democratic presidential candidate. “I’ve been on many stages, but this one holds a special place.”

Clinton took on the role of a producer for “Suffs,” a musical nominated for a Tony that explores the women’s suffrage movement and the quest to enact the 19th Amendment. She appeared on stage to present “Keep Marching,” a song from the musical.

In the moment captured on June 16, 2024, in New York City, Clinton spoke onstage at the Tony Awards, as documented by Theo Wargo, Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions.

During her presentation, Clinton referenced her defeat to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, humorously noting, “I know a thing or two about the challenge of creating change.”

She expressed her immense pride in the production by Shaina Taub, which was up for six Tony awards, including best musical. Notably, Nikki M. James received a nomination for her performance, and the musical was also recognized for its book, score, direction, and costume design.

The 2024 Tony Awards saw a detailed list of victors, featuring “The Outsiders,” produced by Angelina Jolie, as a highlight.

Wrapping up her introduction, Clinton reflected on the historical context of “Suffs,” relating it to the suffragists’ dogged pursuit for voting rights for women. With the 2024 election on the horizon, she underscored the importance of voting.

At the Sunday ceremony, “Suffs” earned awards for the best book of a musical and best original score. Meanwhile, “The Outsiders,” with backing from Angelina Jolie, snagged best musical, and “Stereophonic” was named best play.

Significant moments at the Tony Awards included Angelina Jolie’s first Tony win and Brooke Shields’ unique fashion choice.

In an April conversation with USA TODAY, Clinton discussed her new venture into theater production with “Suffs,” her first endeavor of this kind, highlighting her deep passion for theater and how meaningful it has been to contribute to the Broadway landscape.

Clinton touched on the finale “Keep Marching,” as a poignant reminder of the gradual nature of change, saying, “I found it deeply moving and significant.”

Contributor: Patrick Ryan

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