Hillary Clinton Gets Standing Ovation as She Presents at 2024 Tony Awards: I Know 'How Hard It Is to Make Change'

Hillary Clinton is a co-producer of the Broadway musical 'Suffs,' which received six nominations at the 77th Tony Awards on Sunday, June 16

<p>Theo Wargo/Getty</p> Hillary Clinton on June 16, 2024

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Hillary Clinton on June 16, 2024

Hillary Clinton is highlighting the historical importance behind the musical Suffs.

Clinton, 76, appeared at the 2024 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 16, to introduce Suffs, the musical from Shaina Taub that the former U.S. senator and secretary of state is credited as co-producer on.

"What a great evening. Now, I have stood on a lot of stages, but this is very special. And I know a little bit about how hard it is to make change, so I'm extremely proud of this original American musical by Shaina Taub — now a two-time Tony winner," Clinton said as she received a standing ovation while taking the stage at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City.

"And of course, it is about some American originals: the suffragists who fought so valiantly for so long to give women in our country the right to vote," she said. "It's almost impossible to think about what a challenge that was, but now it's an election year, and we need to be reminded about how important it is to vote, so please welcome the company of Suffs!"

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<p>Theo Wargo/Getty</p> Hillary Clinton on June 16, 2024

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Hillary Clinton on June 16, 2024

Suffs received six nominations at the 77th Tony Awards, with composer Taub, 36, scoring wins in the best book of a musical and best original score categories. The production was nominated for best musical alongside fellow nominees Hell's Kitchen, Illinoise, The Outsiders and Water for Elephants.

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The musical takes place in 1913 and follows suffragists as they organize to ensure American women gain the right to vote, which was granted when Congress passed the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. "Reaching across and against generational, racial, and class divides, these brilliant, flawed women entertain and inspire us with the story of their hard-won victory in an ongoing fight," an official synopsis for the musical reads. "So much has changed since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment over a century ago, and yet we’re reminded sometimes we need to look back, in order to march fearlessly into the future."

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<p>Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images</p> Hillary Clinton on April 17, 2024

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Hillary Clinton on April 17, 2024

Clinton is listed as a co-producer on Suffs along with Malala Yousafzai, Jill Furman and Rachel Sussman, according to the musical's website.

The 2024 Tony Awards are airing live from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City on Sunday, June 16, on CBS and Paramount+.

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