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

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you want to see an amazing cast strut their stuff in an uneven show. Shame on the producers for blaming Audra for the show's early closure!

Don't see it if you want a show's 2nd act to be as great as its 1st act. If they had ended the show after Act 1 this could've won the Tony for best revival.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Great singing, acting, dancing

Don't see it if you hate tap dancing :)

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

80
Clever, Delightful, Amazing dancing, Fluffy

See it if for the stars and an amazing ensemble, whose dancing blew the audience away!

Don't see it if enjoy tap or historical based shows - it has a very strong first act but the second act takes a bit to get back up to par.

91
Great dancing, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like great choreography and tap dancing. great job by all actors.

Don't see it if you want a good story rather than just a bunch of songs loosely strung together.

92
Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in this historical perspective and will enjoy hearing jazz standards and seeing amazing tap dancing

Don't see it if you don't appreciate tap

90
Entertaining, Riveting, Delightful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like musical and tap dancing. You like learn some history. See it before it closes

Don't see it if Cant think of a reason

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Epic, Great singing

See it if you enjoy tap dancing, stories about racial inequality, and fantastic vocals.

Don't see it if you hate tap. Or are uncomfortable about talking about race.

85
Engaging, Great acting, Fantastic choreography, Entertaining, Informative

See it if you're a fan of any of the principle cast. Audra is amazing and her costars are fantastic. Shuffle Along immensely entertaining. Loved it!

Don't see it if you're not into documentaries. The original was pivotal in musical theatre history but the stakes don't feel quite so high in this show.

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Epic, Great singing

See it if you are interested in the history of a forgotten musical and you love great dancing, singing, and staging.

Don't see it if you are only going to see Audra MacDonald because she doesn't play the matinee. Her understudy is also quite wonderful.

85
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you can...hurry! What a shame it's closing.

Don't see it if you don't like great, entertaining and educating musical theater.

94
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Great singing

See it if You enjoy tap dancing, great singing and a thought provoking story of the beginnings of the Broadway culture

Don't see it if You don't like high energy tap dancing and comedy.

82
Historic,, Uneven, Disappointing, Had potential, Great choreography

See it if If you love tap dancing. The choreography is amazing. Among the best tap you will ever see.

Don't see it if You don't love history. The book is uneven. The actors are great but, outside of the dance numbers, it's boring.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Eye opening

See it if you gotta have that tap and want to know about untold histories of the theatre

Don't see it if you can't get tickets

96
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You love great entertainment with amazing choreography and singing.

Don't see it if You can't stay off your cell phone like the lady sitting three seats down from me who we asked four times to turn her phone off!

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Fabulous choreography

See it if you want to understand more about black contributions to Broadway and want a fabulous cast with great music and dancing.

Don't see it if you want a single coherent plot. By choosing to educate as well as entertain the plot doesn't always drive the show

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you want to see an amazing all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, perfectly cast leads and the hardest working ensemble on Bway.

Don't see it if you hate musicals in general or "older" sounding music. But it is wonderful...

98
Dazzeling, A-m-a-z-i-n-g dancing, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You can't get tkts to Hamilton and you wanna see the 2nd best thing on Bway

Don't see it if you don't like old fashion musicals

75
Original, Entertaining, Disjointed, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you like Audra McDonald and you like the 1920's.

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

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing, Must see

See it if You love great dancing/singing/talented actors

Don't see it if you can't beg or borrow a ticket

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see the best of the best. Sparks fly off the tap shoes, best talent B'way has to offer, historic production. Unforgettable.

Don't see it if no tix available. Hamilton shut-out forced many shows to close; a tragedy. Landmark show/landmark talent. Savion Glover is King of His Kind!

74
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if If you like great dancing and a star studded cast. Especially Billy Porter.

Don't see it if If you want a show that's relevant to today and that you will actually remember for more than two seconds after it's over.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Joyful understanding of the African American musical experience. The tap dancing is out standing and the performances first rate.

Don't see it if You don't like tap dancing

71
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a story that is true history

Don't see it if you expect a golden-age score filled with great songs

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.


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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