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Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Receive Standing Ovation at The Inheritance 

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg

Pete and Chasten Buttigieg stole the pre-curtain show Sunday at The Inheritance.

The former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and his husband received a standing ovation at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre, where the acclaimed LGBTQ production is running until March 15.

"This just goes to show you just how powerful of a campaign Pete and Chasten Ran. They deserve every Standing O they can get," social media user Drew Rizzuti wrote in the caption of the video.

Buttigieg made history as the first major gay presidential candidate in U.S. history. He ended his historic campaign last Monday in order to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, a one-time rival, before Super Tuesday.

The couple also posed for photographs with supporters at the performance, which were posted to social media. An audience member, who saw Buttigieg in the bathroom, confirmed that he "did wash his hands," a likely reference to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The Inheritance, created by Matthew Lopez and inspired by E. M. Forster's novel Howards End, depicts the lives of gay men from different generations living in New York City and explores what queer people owe their forebears. After becoming a 2018 hit in London at the Young Vic, it began a Broadway run last fall.

The Buttigiegs are not the only candidates to receive Broadway headlines after their campaigns ended. The Clintons, frequent theater-goers, also received applause during several shows, including The Color Purple.

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