Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter headline this musical about the making of the 1921 Broadway hit 'Shuffle Along.' More…
In May 1921, the new musical 'Shuffle Along' became the unlikeliest of hits. It stumbled into town after a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, deeply in debt, and set to open at a remote theater house on West 63rd. Its failure was almost a foregone conclusion. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing, 'Shuffle Along' ignited not just Broadway but all of New York City. Uptown and Downtown met and became one. This star-studded production combines the 1921 musical 'Shuffle Along' with the backstory of the people who brought it to life. 'Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk' collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover reunite to direct and choreograph.
See it if the lure of the talented, accomplished cast & energetic tap dancing are enough for you. You're not likely to get much more out of the 3 hrs.
Don't see it if you're expecting an insightful or taut behind-the-scenes tale of how a controversial black revue from the 1920s became a Broadway sensation.
See it if You like star turns, great singing/dancing/choreography.
Don't see it if You're looking for any kind of cohesion in the second act.
See it if You want to see an all star cast and learn about a pivotal Broadway show.
Don't see it if You want to be excited. You want to see a well written show.
See it if You are thrilled by great production numbers choreographed to perfection sung and danced by an awesome cast
Don't see it if You like you musicals to have good books; The historical material that comes with your program is more intersting than this show biz script.
See it if you are interested in african american musical theatre history development of if you must see everything Audra MacDonald has ever done
Don't see it if you expect to hear a song from beginning to end or even some that you might recognize.
See it if you enjoy large, well-executed, well danced production numbers
Don't see it if you would mind the failure to create a compelling story, to develop characters, and to integrate the songs and the book in an engaging way
See it if you love tapping and are interested in the show's history.
Don't see it if you want a good book. Felt preachy and like a lecture demanding that understand the show's significance. Very episodic and slow.
See it if You want to be entertained by Billy Porter and Audra McDonald. Amazing choreo. Those girls' feet!
Don't see it if You want a storyline to make sense or to really know the characters. I felt a little lost.
See it if you're a fan of Eubie Blake music and occasionally great dance numbers and don't mind everything else being pedestrian
Don't see it if you're expecting memorable melodies or a compelling book
See it if you like Audra (IF she's in the show), and fantastic choreography and dancing. A few other very good performances as well.
Don't see it if you like a well-crafted show with a deep, meaningful book. This one is unfortunately a pretty average back-stage musical story.
See it if you like tap dancing (and lots of it).
Don't see it if you want a compelling story - this was more like an evening of wikipedia entries recited between songs.
See it if You have an interest in the material or like good dancing.
Don't see it if You like documentary style musicals - not engaging in terms of a plot.
See it if It's a singing, dancing Wikipedia article. Any sparks generated by the a-list cast are quickly smothered by the leaden and didactic book.
Don't see it if After Midnight was so much better.
See it if you like early 20s music
Don't see it if you want to have a memorable time. I am having a hard time remembering this show. I liked After Midnight, this is disappointing comparably
See it if you enjoy choreography and can put up with a very weak book.
Don't see it if you are expecting to be blown away and learn a story beyond how producers on on a show
See it if you love Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, and other brilliant and talented singer-dancers. Good costumes and decent dance numbers
Don't see it if you expect a cohesive book