Shuffle Along
Closed 2h 40m
Shuffle Along

Shuffle Along NYC Reviews and Tickets

(786 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

About the Show

Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter headline this musical about the making of the 1921 Broadway hit 'Shuffle Along.'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (786)

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84 Reviews | 17 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if a fantastic show worth seeing

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

50 Reviews | 14 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Original, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love a good musical with a true story base. It's just fantastic.

Don't see it if No reason, you should. Sorry it closed early.

82 Reviews | 25 Followers
Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a traditional Broadway musical that provides plenty of singing, tap dancing and a great story line. Don't miss it!

Don't see it if You do not appreciate a show that has a historical background and displays dancing and singing.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see the best of the best. Sparks fly off the tap shoes, best talent B'way has to offer, historic production. Unforgettable.

Don't see it if no tix available. Hamilton shut-out forced many shows to close; a tragedy. Landmark show/landmark talent. Savion Glover is King of His Kind!

57 Reviews | 21 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love oldfashioned musicals with tap and songs and an understandable story line fabulous costuming, snappy music

Don't see it if you don't understand black musicals and talk

67 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if are a fan of tap dancing and enjoy learning about the history of Broadway

Don't see it if you don't like large numbers filled with dancing and don't care about the history of Broadway

79 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Dizzying, Delightful, Great singing

See it if want to have a once in a lifetime experience in the theatre with so much A talent onstage and off. Impeccable.

Don't see it if don't like tap.

166 Reviews | 39 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Original

See it if It was an entertaining evening of theater. Loved the score and choriography

Don't see it if You don't like original Broadway musicals

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
April 28th, 2016

“As staged by Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Glover routines first performed nearly a century ago come across as defiantly fresh...What’s new in this 'Shuffle Along' is the part written by Mr. Wolfe, and it’s what feels stalest...The clunky, shoehorned-in exposition doesn’t overwhelm the sweeping grace of ‘Shuffle Along’ whenever it sings or dances...Ms. McDonald is a one-woman time machine de luxe, who translates the precise stylistic quirks of a bygone era into a melting immediacy."
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Time Out New York
April 28th, 2016

“The first half is sensational; the second is difficult...But with a cast this incandescent and Wolfe staging a constant flow of miracles, there’s an overflow of joy and style that smooths over stylistic rough edges and knotty stitching of history to myth...We can luxuriate in a breathtaking piece of showmanship, featuring more talent crowding a stage than pretty much any other Broadway show at present (and yes, that includes 'Hamilton').”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 28th, 2016

"Wolfe bombards a core of ideas about race and culture with a billion showbiz protons to produce both a gorgeous spectacle and a big, smoking crater where your former ideas of Broadway once stood...If much of Act Two is a PowerPoint presentation, with astonishing slides but bullet-point arguments, the show as a whole is nevertheless life-changing theater. To the extent Wolfe has redeemed the lost artists of 'Shuffle Along,' he has also redeemed himself, and us."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 28th, 2016

“The first half of ‘Shuffle Along’ is the musical you’ve got to see...Savion Glover’s near-nonstop choreography explodes off the stage with the unrelenting impact of a flamethrower. But then comes intermission, and what had looked like a masterpiece goes flat and stays that way...While Mr. Wolfe has failed to weld the parts of ‘Shuffle Along’ into a convincing whole, his directorial touch is otherwise as sure as ever.”
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April 28th, 2016

"An idea is not a focal point, and so 'Shuffle Along' never resolves into a story. Instead, it’s a series of historical scenes that tell, rather than show, and that’s deadly for a musical. It’s unquestionably entertaining to watch the five principal actors here at work, none less than consummate...And yet 'Shuffle Along' struck me as both rough and unfinished...The show is conceptually flawed, and it’s hard to tell whether that ever can be resolved."
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New York Daily News
April 28th, 2016

“When the cast is singing and tearing up the floor with choreographer Savion Glover’s muscular and thrilling tap-dancing it’s pure unmitigated heaven. But between numbers...the narration turns entertainment into dull lecture hall...Mitchell, Porter, Dixon and Henry are terrific. But the ace in the hole in this enterprise is Audra McDonald...Even though the narration lacks drama, the tap-happy new show gleams with ambition and topnotch talent.”
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April 28th, 2016

"An incoherent book seems a small price to pay for the joy of watching Audra McDonald cut loose...McDonald takes the role and does everything in this show but fly...But what the first act giveth, the second act taketh away...At this point, the show is actively fighting with itself...It’s understandable that Wolfe would fall for this rich material, but he really should have stopped himself from cramming it all into this show."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 28th, 2016

“Scene after scene dazzles in one of the most electrifying entertainments on Broadway...While the showmanship is extraordinary, ‘Shuffle Along’ could have benefited from a developmental run to hone the fluidity of its storytelling...The project's strengths far outweigh its flaws. The cast is magnificent...The energy and elasticity of Glover's work is astonishing…Even if the limitations of Wolfe's undertaking are unable to support the scope of his intentions, it's a genuine thrill to watch."
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