Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Shuffle Along

From 788 member  reviews
Members say: 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.' 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.

2h 40m | Already closed | Music Box Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (788)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

65
Intermittently-entertaining, Ambitious, Messy, Overrated, Great singing

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.

50
Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want more of a history lesson than a piece of musical theater.

Don't see it if You want to see an actual musical.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Great singing

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.

55
Cliched, Dated, Banal, Slow

See it if you like an old time story and dancing

Don't see it if you looking for a riveting story that moves at a fast pace

65
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

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.

65
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing

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.

60
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

65
Great staging, Overrated, Excellent production numbers, Weak book, Meh music

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

69
Ambitious, Dizzying, Resonant

See it if You're interested in theatrical history, love tap, Audra/Billy/Brian Stokes Mitchell

Don't see it if You don't like really long shows, a little disjointed

55
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing

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.

65
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great dancing, Overrated, Original

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.

69
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, But some great dance numbers

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

50
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Good choreography, Overrated

See it if Plenty of good tap dancing.

Don't see it if Plenty of good tap dancing.

64
Cliched

See it if you like dance musicals and jazz, are a fan of the actors

Don't see it if You hated cliched endings, you don't like long shows

65
A real misfire, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you can never see too much tap dancing.

Don't see it if there is a good new musical that you haven't seen.

65
Disappointing, Great choreography, Slow, Confusing, Good performances

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.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Excruciating

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.

60
Slow, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Cliched

See it if you only care about the dancing.

Don't see it if you want more than just dancing.

67
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

55
Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

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.

60
Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining

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

60
Confusing

See it if you love shows about the past or you want to see a lot of dancing.

Don't see it if you want a show that is easy to understand.

50
Insipid, Dizzying, Overrated, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You are a tap dancer

Don't see it if Not good if you don't like all dancing.

67
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Relevant

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

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting, Great singing

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


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 ‘Sh...
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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 piec...
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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...
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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 magn...
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