The standing ovations at the new Sting musical “The Last Ship” started minutes before the curtain even rose on Saturday night.
That’s because walking down the aisle of the Neil Simon Theatre was former President Bill Clinton, who was out for a night at the theater with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky.
As the former first family took their seats in the orchestra, they were met with thunderous applause from the rest of the audience — many of whom approached to shake their hands and pose for photos.
“You’re a grandmother now,” one audience member enthusiastically pointed out, before the show began. “I know can you believe it?” Hillary responded, accepting her congratulations.
The Clintons were undoubtedly there to see Sting, who boarded the cast of the musical he wrote on Dec. 9, for a limited run that will remain through Jan. 24.
Sting’s wife of 22 years, Trudie Styler, was also sitting the same row.
So was Australian film director Baz Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”), with wife Catherine Martin. The two are in town celebrating the unveiling of the “Baz Dazzled” holiday windows they designed for Barneys.
Also in attendence? “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was sitting alongside “Downton Abbey” scribe Julian Fellowes. The two are collaborating on “School of Rock — The Musical,” a stage version of the hit 2003 comedy set to hit Broadway next season.
Webber may have also swung by to support actress Rachel Tucker, who plays the lead Meg in “The Last Ship.” Tucker was a contestant on the Webber-judged BBC reality singing competition “I’d Do Anything” back in 2008.
At the extra-long intermission, the Clintons headed backstage to greet Sting and the cast — photos of which can be seen exclusively at Broadway.com.
“Hillary 2016” shouted one audience member when they returned to their sets. The former Secretary of State then turned in her seat and laughed, waving at fans.
Former President Clinton seemed to enjoy himself throughout, clapping along to Sting’s rousing score. He and his family even gave the actors their own standing ovation at the end of the evening.