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TWITTER WATCH: SHUFFLE ALONG's Audra McDonald Admits To Fangirling Over Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins


Fans of the Disney Junior animated series "Doc McStuffins," which centers on a young black girl with ambitions to be a doctor, like her mother, took to social media recently to ensure that one of their favorite role models will be renewed for a fifth season.

One of those fans, SHUFFLE ALONG's six-time Tony Award winning star Audra McDonald, admitted on Twitter that she may have "fangirled a little too much" during a photo-op with one of her favorite young role models. The pregnant Broadway favorite says she will definitely be letting her little one watch the show.

Last year McDonald voiced a character on "Doc McStuffins," a tiny tin airplane pilot named Bess, created in the likeness of African-American pilot BESSIE Coleman. Doc helped Bess get back into shape after her joints become rusty.


SHUFFLE ALONG, OR THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED opened, to rave reviews on April 28th and is scheduled to conclude its run at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) on July 24th.

SHUFFLE ALONG won the New York Drama Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical, along with the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography (Savion Glover), Outstanding Costume Design (Ann Roth), and Outstanding Wig and Hair Design (Mia M. Neal). It was nominated for ten 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It will have played 38 previews and 100 regular performances by the time it ends its run.

Presenting elements from the 1921 musical itself, as well as detailing the events that catalyzed the songwriting team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and librettists F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, to create this ground-breaking work, SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book by George C. Wolfe, is choreographed by Savion Glover, and is directed by Mr. Wolfe. SHUFFLE ALONGmarks the first time that the writer/director and choreographer have worked together since their 1996 hit BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK.

SHUFFLE ALONG stars six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award-winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter, and Tony Award-nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book by George C. Wolfe, was choreographed by Savion Glover, and directed by Wolfe.

In May 1921, the new musical Shuffle Along became the unlikeliest of hits, significantly altering the face of the Broadway musical as well as that of New York City. By the time Shuffle Along stumbled into town after a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, it was deeply in debt and set to open at a remote Broadway house on West 63rd Street. In a season full of spectacles, such as Sally - a Ziegfeld musical - and another edition of George White's Scandals, Shuffle Along's failure was almost a foregone conclusion. New York City was still in the throes of the Depression of 1920. And despite being celebrated vaudeville performers, Miller and Lyles and Sissle and Blake had never performed on Broadway, much less written a musical. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing, Shuffle Along ignited not just Broadway but all of New York City. George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes, and famed critic George Jean Nathan were among the many fans who repeatedly flocked to West 63rd Street to see a cast which - during its run of 504 performances - featured such incipient luminaries as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington, and Adelaide Hall. Because of Shuffle Along, Uptown and Downtown met and became one.

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