Most of the time, when someone receives a standing ovation at a Broadway show, it's because they've just delivered a great performance on stage. However, during Sunday's matinee of The Color Purple, which was the final performance of the Tony-winning revival, it was former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who brought the audience to its feet.
According to the Washington Post, Clinton received three standing ovations while attending the show with her husband Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea.
Videos shared on social media shows Clinton, who won the popular vote, shaking supporters' hands as the crowd cheers. According to the New York Times, some audience members shouted, "We love you, Hillary!"
After the show, actress Patrice Covington gave a speech, telling the audience, "There's a lot of really awesome famous and notable people here today. I'm not going to call all of them out — I know you already know them." She then waved at Clinton, which sparked more applause.
Supporter Jordan Serpone, who shook Clinton's hand at the show, told the Times, "I was having every emotion I've tried to get rid of over the past few weeks. She shouldn't be here. She should be planning her cabinet."
The audience's response to Clinton's appearance is a contrast to the reaction Vice President-elect Mike Pence received when he attended a performance of Hamilton last year. Several audience members booed him, a response that was discouraged by actor Brandon Victor Dixon during a speech at the close of the show, in which he asked Pence "to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us."
Pence himself described the audience's response, which also included some cheers, as representing "what freedom sounds like."
She may have lost the election, but Clinton has maintained the support of those who hoped to see her become president. Although she has made few public appearances since November, several people have snapped photos with her on walks in the woods near her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and even at a bookstore in Rhode Island. On Thanksgiving, her neighbors showed their appreciation by leaving handmade signs near her home.
This is just the latest display of gratitude for the first female candidate to get so close to the presidency.
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