On Thursday night, attendees of the Broadway show Gloria: A Life got more than their money’s worth when Hillary Clinton showed up to the performance to the delight of the audience and cast.
The former Secretary of State and known theatergoer arrived with her friend, activist Jill Iscol, president of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, sources told The Cut. Gloria Steinem, the subject of the play, was also there, as was designer Diane von Furstenberg, who toasted Steinem during the show’s “talking circle,” during which audience members are invited to share their reactions.
Of all the reactions shared during the course of the night, however, two were unanimous — a pair of standing ovations for Clinton, who served as senator of New York for eight years.
Furstenberg’s tribute to Steinem honored the feminist icon’s decades of work in the service of advancing women’s rights. “You say you don’t have daughters,” said Furstenberg, “but we are all your daughters and sisters, granddaughters, and soon-to-be great-granddaughters.”
Clinton herself will be portrayed in a Broadway show later this year, played by Laurie Metcalf in Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton.
— Patricia Kalember (@kalemb2kalember) March 15, 2019
When you go see a play about Gloria Steinem and who is the audience? Gloria. And Hillary. And DVF. #Feminism #MsMagazine #Progress #Uplifting #gloriasteinem #GloriaALife #NYC pic.twitter.com/vx7Er9JFRa
— vjbd (@victoriajbd) March 15, 2019
You never know where life will take you, sitting in a room tonight 5 feet away from Hillary Clinton, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Gloria Steinem watching the play Gloria: A Life, was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. #Believe
— Ashley Maggy (@Ashley_Maggy) March 15, 2019
Read more at The Cut.