Why See Shuffle Along?
Nominated for ten tony awards - closes July 24!
Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald makes her Broadway return in this behind-the-scenes peek into one of the most important musicals of all time. Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed examines the turbulent drama that surrounded the staging of 1921's Shuffle Along, an all-black cast musical that was instrumental in breaking down racial barriers on The Great White Way.
McDonald last trod New York's boards in 2014's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, the critically adored Billie Holiday play that bagged the singer her sixth Tony. Her previous wins were for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin' in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. Also among the all star cast are Tony winners Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate)
Two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe (Angels in America, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk) is in the director's chair, while choreography comes courtesy of Savion Glover, who also won a Tony for his work on Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk. This will also be the first musical shepherded by heavyweight producer Scott Rudin since The Book of Mormon.
What is Shuffle Along About?
The year is 1921, and the jazzy musical Shuffle Along limps its way into New York. Its pre-Broadway run had been a financial disaster, leaving the show thousands of dollars in the red and it doesn't seem that Depression struck Broadway audiences will have either the money or the inclination to seek out this all-black cast musical. All in all, the creators expectations are not high...But remarkably, they are proved very wrong!
This is the story of how Shuffle Along defied the odds to become a blockbuster hit and rewrote the rulebook when it came to black musical theatre in the process. The show centers on 1920's singer Lottie Gee (McDonald), who starred alongside future icons Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson.
Previews from: 15 March 2016
Opening night: 28 April 2016
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre
2 Hours and 40 minutes, including intermission
Cast and Creative
Audra McDonald as Lottie Gee
Billy Porter as Aubrey Lyles
Brian Stokes Mitchell as Flournoy Miller
Joshua Henry as Eubie Blake
Branadon Victor Dixon as Noble Sissle
Story by & Directed by George C. Wolfe
Choreography by Savion Glover
Musical Supervision & Arrangements by Daryl Waters
Produced by Scott Rudin
Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto
Costume Design by Ann Roth
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer
2016 Tony Nominations
Best Book of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured role in a Musical - Brandon Victor Dixon
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured in a Musical - Adrienne Warren
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
2016 Drama Desk Awards Wins
Outstanding Choreography - Savion Glover
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical - Ann Roth
Outstanding Wig and Hair - Mia M. Neal
What we thought
Memorable historic BRILLIANT
Shuffle Along is a gorgeous snapshot of Broadway nearly 100 years ago
For me, the show started long before the lights went down. Hearing the dancers warm up their tap shoes behind the curtain created a giddy anticipation for what would come next. Without knowing it, the audience was already being thrown into the bRead full review
What you thought
1 reviews, average rating: (4.5 Stars)
Attended Sat March 19th show - first there is no better opening number... more
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