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
84
Avg Score

90
Must see, Great choroegraphy & dancing, Great ensemble, Great singing

See it if you like your musicals with a historical back story; appreciate an "A" list cast all around

Don't see it if you want a superficial musical that doesn't deal with any real issues

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.

79
Great first act, Relevant, Incredible cast, Audra, Great tap dancing

See it if You want to see a great cast perform one great act and one mixed act.

Don't see it if Do not like Audra McDonald (and shame on you).

94
Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love great singing and dancing - especially tap - and a thoughtful and sometimes painful book. Audra is amazing as are the entire cast.

Don't see it if You don't like jazz and tap and don't want exposure to the history of black theater

95
Superb, dazzling, surprising

See it if You love being challenged by thoughtful and brilliant singing and dancing superbly staged.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it unless you hate musical theatre

84
Great acting, Tony worthy choreography, Relevant, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Marvelous choreography by Savion Glover (worthy of a Tony Award); superb performances by first-level Broadway stars who elevate a good book

Don't see it if Subtract 5 points from my 84 score for each of the name Broadway stars who may be absent from your performance

78
Refreshing, Pleasant, Insipid

See it if you love the stars and spectacular choreography.

Don't see it if you don't want to be lectured or are hoping to see Mitchell and McDonald in Tour de Force roles.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you're interesting in a very entertaining history lesson about a Broadway show from many years ago.

Don't see it if you prefer a more contemporary musical score.

82
Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, dancing, and acting, Overrated

See it if you like history of the American musical, great singing, dancing, and acting -- jazz -- big stars -- great set design, costumes, & lighting

Don't see it if you're racist, or don't care of slowly developing plots with killer finales - making you finally care about the real characters portrayed

87
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great dancing, Good time, Great singing

See it if want an upbeat, uninhibited show with an all-star cast; it's a show with five leads, each of whom is better than the next

Don't see it if you don't like old-time musicals, aren't into dancing, don't like swing

79
Dizzying, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love tap; you don't need much of a plot; you want to see super high energy performances by immensely talented singers and dancers.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a structure or plot; it's mainly a vehicle for production numbers, and the back story doesn't really work.

85
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see an adaptation of the groundbreaking, innovative and unprecedented musical Shuffle Along. You must see Audra Mcdonald..great!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy tap dancing.

85
Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Relevant

See it if love good vocalists and great tap..and if you're fine with political message intertwined.

Don't see it if need a linear story and a show stopping finale.

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.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see one of the best casts ever assembled tear into material with delight and vigor; you want to see flash with substance

Don't see it if You'll be overly frustrated by the tonal shift to serious and direct narration in the second act

96
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great dancing, Intense

See it if you love tap and are interested in the history of black theater

Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent story

85
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Great entertainment: performances, dancing, design & music

Don't see it if you don't like exciting theatre

85
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of some incredible tap dancing & excellent voices! This musical was superb from beginning to end! A brilliant history lesson!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of storytelling of a slice of history some may have forgotten.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to see one of the best castings ever: Audra MacDonald, the actor from Kinky Boots, the best lighting technician, etc...

Don't see it if you don't like Audra MacDonald.

Also "Shuffle Along" got together the best actors in Broadway right now. Th... Read more Read less

96
Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see, Great singing

See it if tap dancing, classic 1920s Broadway vibe give you tingles and you dont have tickets for Hamilton

Don't see it if you prefer more contemporary materials

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you like tap, incredible dancing, Audra McDonald (amazing as always), Brian Stokes Mitchell, music from the original Shuffle Along

Don't see it if you want great writing/plot. The story is a VH1 Behind the Music special (a boring one, at that) but the virtuoso dancing is worth it all

94
Must-see show of the 2015-16 season is closing july 24th, get off your computer and get tix now!!, Resonant, Audra mcdonald, brian stokes mitchell, adrienne williams, billy porter, etc, no-brainer alert #2 -- get tix now!, Riveting, Must see

See it if There were TWO great History lesson this season on Broadway, HAMILTON got the acclaim & the Awards, but this show is a true THEATER story!!

Don't see it if Don't see if U are so "White" that having the "racist history" of the American Theater thrown back in your face would be offensive. SEE IT!!

79
Masterful, Beautiful, Book report-ish, Dazzling, Deflating

See it if theatrical artistry at every level to honor theatrical history is more important to you than conflict and character

Don't see it if you want a compelling story or theme. But the performers, designers & dancing should be enough to get you shuffling but not sprinting there.

80
Delightful, Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to see an abundance of talent on the stage. Great choreography and staging throughout. Audra and Brian alone are worth the ticket.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a three hour long musical, with a hard to follow story.

76
Great dancing, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Old timey

See it if you want to be dazzled by dancing and a talented cast, you liked "After Midnight"

Don't see it if you want a compelling story


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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