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Hillary Clinton Gets Standing Ovation At Broadway Show

| by Jonathan Constante

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received another standing ovation at a Broadway show.

Clinton made a special guest appearance at the opening night of Broadway's "War Paint" on April 6, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The shows stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole.

The former presidential candidate took her seat at the Nederlander Theatre, and was greeted with a round of applause by other attendees. She received another standing ovation from the audience while greeting the cast onstage after the show.

"War Paint," which is directed by Michael Greif, features LuPone and Ebersole competing as rival makeup titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

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LuPone spoke about the two women with The Hollywood Reporter.

"I wonder if it's unfair to say I don't know whether we have women as strong as those women were today," LuPone said, adding that she personally relates to Clinton.

"There's a song that I sing that I've always thought of Hillary while I was singing it," LuPone said of the song "Now You Know." The songs lyrics include a line that read "A woman scales the wall, climbs high above them all, and oh what gates of hell they put her through."

"I think she saw how much it was about women in power," LuPone said of Clinton's presence at the show's opening. "It was thrilling to have her in the audience."

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Some attendees snapped photos of Clinton and posted them on Twitter.

"Hello, [Hillary Clinton]! graciously chatting with other Broadway theatergoers during the intermission of #WarPaint," wrote one user.

Some social media users were more critical of Clinton's attendance at the Broadway show.

"The problem is she didn't broaden her appeal much beyond the audience that would go to see War Paint," wrote one commenter. "But I am sure that that applause is better than the presidency."

LuPone and Ebersole, who have two Tony Awards each, are coming off of a sold-out Chicago tryout in summer 2016. The event received generally positive reviews and generated record-breaking box office numbers at the city's Goodman Theatre.

The two lead actresses will be competing for Tony honors in June.

This isn't the first time Clinton received a standing ovation at a Broadway show.

In February, Clinton received a more than warm welcome at the Broadway musical “Sunset Boulevard," CBS News reported.

The show featured stars such as Glenn Close and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The sighting was one of the first since Clinton lost the presidential election to President Donald Trump.

"So honored to have sat next to and talked to [Hillary Clinton] at @sunsetblvd on Broadway! #hillaryclinton #sunsetboulevard," tweeted one user at the time.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Ashley Lee/Twitter, CBS News, Kendrick Mitchell/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/FlickrAshley Lee/TwitterKendrick Mitchell/Twitter

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