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 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
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 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).
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!!
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.
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.
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