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

49
Tedious, Banal, Awful book, Slow, Terrific tap dancing

See it if you like shows with an overabundance of tap dancing. Brandon Victor Dixon's performance is the only fully developed among the talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing. Also, if you do not like musicals with a poor book. This show still needs a great deal of work. It is very long.

30
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you can get a cheap ticket. Audra is a national treasure, that's not news.

Don't see it if you enjoy being able to follow a plot.

28
Excruciating, Boring, Great dancing

See it if you like great dancing and don't mind that the overall show is a snooze-fest with a terrible book despite a talented cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for a captivating experience with a strong book and score.

48
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if The dancing is terrific. The cast is extremely talented. The book is non-existent.

Don't see it if A book I important to you.

20
Ambitious, Boring, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You love Audra McDonald, even if she isn't it it that much.

Don't see it if You want to see Brian Stokes Mitchell perform, he barely gets to do anything and it's very diasappointing to see incredible talent not used

48
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you are looking for a beat-you-over-the-head history lesson that lacks finesse and grace

Don't see it if well...it closed so you don't have to waste your money

During previews
0
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You wish to throw your money out and see big Broadway stars struggle through a terrible book, with cloddish dancing.

Don't see it if You want a good evening in theater. Very disappointing. A waste of good talent . Hope they get it together in previews.

During previews
36
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see the actors

Don't see it if You want a good theatre evening


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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