He will play Aubrey Lyles, a writer and performer. The musical played on Broadway in 2016 and starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon and Billy Porter. Josephine Baker, who was deemed too young at the age of 15 to be in the show, joined the touring company in Boston, and then joined the Broadway cast when she turned 16. “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. The proposed guidelines are dependent on the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions by spring. Shuffle Along Cast List on Broadway.com, the most comprehensive source for Broadway Shows, Broadway Tickets and Broadway Information. Daryl Waters will provide music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations. The show served as a breakout role for St. Louis native Josephine Baker, who danced in the chorus as the zany caboose at the end of the line. 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[30], Sheet music for "Love Will Find a Way", a song from the show, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, "Shuffle Along: The Musical at the Center of the Harlem Renaissance", "Shuffling Roles: Alterations and Audiences in Shuffle Along", "History of The Musical Stage, 1920s Part III: Black Musicals", "Black History Month – Innovative Musical Contributions: Eubie Blake", "Little Known Black History Fact: Shuffle Along", "The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway's 'Shuffle Along'", "Audra McDonald to Star in New Broadway Musical With Savion Glover", "Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald Will Reunite on Broadway in, "See Full List of 2016 Tony Award Nominations", "Broadway’s ‘Shuffle Along’ To Close in July, When Audra McDonald Exits", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shuffle_Along&oldid=1006261656, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2013, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "I'm Simply Full of Jazz" - Ruth Little and Syncopation Steppers, "Love Will Find a Way" - Jessie Williams and Harry Walton, "Sing Me to Sleep, Dear Mammy" - Harry Walton and Board of Aldermen, "(In) Honeysuckle Time (When Emmaline Said She'd Be Mine)" - Tom Sharper, "Gypsy Blues" - Jessie Williams, Ruth Little and Harry Walton, "Shuffle Along" - Jimtown Pedestrians and Traffic Cop, "Good Night Angeline" - Board of Aldermen, "If You Haven't Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You Haven't Been Vamped at All" - Steve Jenkins, Sam Peck and Jimtown Vamps, "Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe" - Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe, "Everything Reminds Me of You" - Jessie Williams and Harry Walton, "Oriental Blues" - Tom Sharper and Oriental Girls, "I Am Craving for That Kind of Love"/ "Daddy (Won't You Please Come Home)" - Ruth Little, "Baltimore Buzz" - Tom Sharper and Jimtown's Jazz Steppers, "African Dip" - Steve Jenkins and Sam Peck, This page was last edited on 11 February 2021, at 22:58. [29] The production closed on July 24, 2016. The new Broadway musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed opened April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.. A shame that this show is closing 7/24 when Audra Mcdonald was due to leave. [2] The show also contributed to the desegregation of theaters in the 1920s, giving many black actors their first chance to appear on Broadway. Shuffle Along: New Directions in the Broadway Musical. This production was unsuccessful and closed after 17 performances. Copyright 1991-2020 © Playbill Inc. All Rights Reserved. Once the show left New York, it toured for three years and was, according to Barbara Glass, the first black musical to play in white theaters across the United States. [12] Bessie Allison's first professional performance was in Shuffle Along. Listen to music by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along on Apple Music. Click here to buy Shuffle Along … Baker joined the traveling cast at age 15 and was allowed to join the Broadway version a year later, when she was 16. Sign up for exclusive discounts and save up to 50% on tickets! Find top songs and albums by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along including I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz (From "Shuffle Along"), Election Day in Jimtown (From "Shuffle Along") and more. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing, Shuffle Along [which contained the hit 'I'm Just Wild About Harry'] ignited not just Broadway but all of New York City. The piece premiered on Broadway in 1921, running for 504 performances[3] – an unusually long run during that decade. Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is a musical adaptation based on the original book of the 1921 musical, focusing on the challenges of mounting the original production of Shuffle Along and its effect on Broadway and race relations. [24], During World War II, Sissle and Blake adapted and performed Shuffle Along for USO shows, with an ensemble that included pianist and vibraphonist Sylvester Lewis.[25]. [8][18], According to theatre historian John Kenrick, "Judged by contemporary standards, much of Shuffle Along would seem offensive ... most of the comedy relied on old minstrel show stereotypes. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. The show was noted for its score and for a comic fight scene in Act II. The musical launched or boosted the careers of Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Adelaide Hall. She will play the 1920s headliner Lottie Gee, the star of Shuffle Along. It was only able to book a remote theater on West 63rd Street that had no orchestra pit. And despite being celebrated vaudeville performers, Miller and Lyles and Sissle and Blake had never performed on Broadway, much less written a musical. Because of Shuffle Along, Uptown and Downtown met and became one.”. In the same year theatres shutdown, his profile skyrocketed. "Shuffle Along" opens on April 28, 2016. Off-Center production of The Wild Party, Dixon has appeared on Broadway in Motown and The Color Purple, for which he received a Tony nomination. A 1952 revival, starring Sissle and Blake, Avon Long and Thelma Carpenter and choreographed by Henry LeTang, was also unsuccessful. The Amazon series also adds Kit Harington, Anna Paquin, Minnie Driver, and. The cast included Lottie Gee as Jessie Williams, Adelaide Hall as Jazz Jasmine, Gertrude Saunders as Ruth Little, Roger Matthews as Harry Walton, and Noble Sissle as Tom Sharper. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. The Tony Award winner celebrates her birthday February 22. 3:47 Listen Now $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart 6. Which Musical Theatre Character Are You Becoming in Quarantine? During its long run, the original Shuffle Along employed at various times the future stars Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall and Paul Robeson. "[21] Nevertheless, scholar James Haskins stated that Shuffle Along "started a whole new era for blacks on Broadway, as well as a whole new era for blacks in all creative fields. It opened at the Broadway Theatre on May 8, 1952, and closed after four performances, but was recorded in an abridged form by RCA Victor, combined with selections from Blackbirds of 1928. Ann Roth is the costume designer of Shuffle Along, Or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Are you working non-stop? The show announced its supporting cast: Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Shuffle Along opened at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., in late March, 1921 for two weeks.It was later performed at the Sixty-third Street Theatre in New York City, New … [9], Miller and Lyles wrote thin, jokey dialogue scenes to connect the songs: "The plot of ... Shuffle Along was mainly to allow an excuse for the singing and dancing. by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along. Dixon and Henry will play the songwriting team of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. The four writers were African-American Vaudeville veterans who first met in 1920 at a NAACP benefit that was held at the newly opened Dunbar Theatre in Philadelphia. Williams, Pamela Yasutake and Richard Riaz Yoder. [5] It had brief revivals in 1933 and 1952. 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