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Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed - 2016 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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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.

Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry will star in SHUFFLE ALONG Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a striking new production that presents both the 1921 musical itself, and additionally details 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 will have a new book by George C. Wolfe, will be choreographed by Savion Glover, and directed by Mr. Wolfe. SHUFFLE ALONG marks the first time that the writer/director and choreographer will have worked together since their 1996 hit Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.

Music Box Theatre (Broadway)


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Featured Reviews For Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed


Review: ‘Shuffle Along,’ Broadway musical, is messy but exhilarating - amNY
Whether old or new, it is a hot mess of the highest caliber - a dazzling and dizzying documentary mixed with star turns, syncopated rhythms, stylish attire, fierce tap-dancing and weak subplots...For nearly three hours, "Shuffle Along" throws at its audience nonstop sound and fury and historical detail. It's like climbing aboard a rocket that doesn't stop spinning...But the storytelling is chaotic and choppy, and the characters are painted in broad strokes. The second act, set after the show has become an overnight sensation, comes off as superfluous...McDonald plays it up as an over-the-top diva, while Stokes once again proves himself to be an outstanding leading man...It should come as no surprise that something so experimental and ambitious needs more development.

Review 'Shuffle On' delivers a powerful kick from Broadway's musical past - LA Times
A Broadway history lesson is being delivered these days at the Music Box Theatre, and never has anything this educational been so sensationally staged. All credit to Professor George C. Wolfe, holder of a PhD in theatrical pizazz, for adapting and directing this homage to "Shuffle Along"...Wolfe has assembled an African American dream team of theatrical talent, led by six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald, to channel the pluck, perseverance and panache of artists who might be forgotten by Broadway but only after they changed it for good. Just when you think McDonald can't impress us anymore than she already has, she blows you away with a tap dancing prowess that must have left even choreographer Savion Glover in awe.


 

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by Jessica Khan - November 14, 2016
Powerhouse Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson just welcomed their new baby girl into the world, and the Broadway community can't wait to see what kind of star she'll grow into. But in the midst of this joy, the producers of SHUFFLE ALONG, which McDonald departed early due to her surprise pregnancy at the age of 45, has sued its insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the losses caused by the Tony winner's exit.
by BWW Special Coverage - July 24, 2016
SHUFFLE ALONG will play its final Broadway performance today, July 24, 2016, the day six-time Tony-winning star Audra McDonald was already set to depart the production for a multi-month maternity leave. SHUFFLE ALONG began performances on March 15, 2016 and officially opened on April 28 at the Music Box Theatre. It will have played 38 previews and 100 regular performances by the time it ends. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the show's Broadway journey!
by Michael Dale - July 14, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets high praise for the show and for Audra McDonald's understudy Darlesia Cearcy.
by Nora Dominick - July 12, 2016
Tony Award Nominee Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along) joins the cast of DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition, at Birdland Jazz on August 8th. DUETS with thewriteteachers.com: LGBTQ+ Edition is proudly presented by the Broadway at Birdland concert series. This one-night-only event will benefit the One Orlando Fund. 
by Michael Dale - July 6, 2016
The pregnant Broadway stars says she will definitely be showing the animated program to her little one.
by Nora Dominick - July 3, 2016
Happy Birthday Audra McDonald!! Today is six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's birthday and to celebrate her special day BroadwayWorld has decided to round up some of our favorite Audra McDonald videos!
by Michael Dale - June 29, 2016
The legendary dancer/director/choreographer and the great Broadway clown greet the Tony-winning star backstage.
by Robert Diamond - June 23, 2016
The New York Times is reporting that Shuffle Along will close on July 24th, currently the date of Audra McDonald's departure citing a low advance for after she leaves the show. 
by Jennifer Broski - June 21, 2016
Earlier today, Actors' Equity Association presented Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed with the tenth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical.
by Tyler Peterson - June 15, 2016
Actors' Equity Association (Equity) today announced that Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will receive the tenth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus.  Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical. 
by Caryn Robbins - June 12, 2016
The cast of SHUFFLE ALONG performed a rousing number from the Tony nominated musical. Watch the clip below!
by Tyler Peterson - June 9, 2016
The cast of Broadway's SHUFFLE ALONG got a visit from Tinkerbelle the Dog recently - check out photos below!
by Walter McBride - June 7, 2016
On May 4, the 2016 Tony nominees flocked to the Paramount Hotel, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will continue bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next week, but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical nominee for Shuffle Along, Brandon Victor Dixon, as captured by Walter McBride!
by Caryn Robbins - June 6, 2016
When it comes to acting, Brian Stokes Mitchell has done it all from television, to film and Broadway.
by Caryn Robbins - June 1, 2016
On last night's premiere episode of the new NBC variety series MAYA AND MARTY, Savion Glover and the cast of SHUFFLE ALONG performed 'The Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle,' from the new Broadway musical.

Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed have their been?
Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016.

What Tony Awards has Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical for George C. Wolfe, Best Choreography for Savion Glover, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Ann Roth, Best Direction of a Musical for George C. Wolfe, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Jules Fisher, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Peggy EisenhauerBest Orchestrations for Daryl Waters and Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Santo Loquasto.

What other awards has Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Choreographer (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ann Roth, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Ann Roth, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jules Fisher, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Peggy Eisenhauer, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That FollowedOutstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer and Outstanding Wig and Hair (Drama Desk Awards) for Mia M. Neal.

What other awards has Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Choreographer (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ann Roth Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Savion Glover and Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Ann Roth Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jules Fisher Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Peggy Eisenhauer Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer Outstanding Wig and Hair (Drama Desk Awards) for Mia M. Neal.

What productions of Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed have their been?
Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016.

What awards has Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Choreographer (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ann Roth, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Ann Roth, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jules Fisher, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Peggy Eisenhauer, Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That FollowedOutstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer and Outstanding Wig and Hair (Drama Desk Awards) for Mia M. Neal.

What awards has Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Choreographer (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Savion Glover, Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ann Roth Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Savion Glover and Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Ann Roth Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jules Fisher Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Peggy Eisenhauer Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Scott Lehrer Outstanding Wig and Hair (Drama Desk Awards) for Mia M. Neal.

What productions of Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed have there been?
Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2016.