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

95
Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love great tap dancing, wonderful singing (Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell!!!!) and a captivating story.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in history.

82
Amazing cast, Great choreography, Great staging, Beautiful tech, Great singing

See it if you enjoy beautifully produced tap musicals. First act was gorgeous. Second act should have been trimmed. Poignant ending.

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing musicals. But go anyway. The cast is amazing.

95
Ambitious, Great dancing,, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you enjoy tap & historical musicals. Absolutely top tier performances from a stacked, stellar cast. Closing far far too soon.

Don't see it if probably not for young kids - it's long and heavy on the back story. Otherwise you'll kick yourself if you miss this.

89
Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if truly stunning choreography. wonderful performances by the ensemble. Audra was resplendent. gorgeous designs all around. powerful story.

Don't see it if Act I was superb, while Act II was clunky (a bit too forced and expository). Great theatrical and racial history lessons overall!

80
Delightful, Original, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love tap, and enjoy rousing musical numbers.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals with historical references.

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.

90
Must see, Relevant, Ambitious, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You care about musical theater and seeing some of the best performers working today.

Don't see it if You hate tap dancing.

80
Ambitious, Amazing dancing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if if you want to see the best tapdancing Broadway chorus maybe EVER; if you are passionate about history of American musicals;

Don't see it if you are averse to shows that are as educational as they are entertaining

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great tapping, Masterful, Worthwhile

See it if Audra gives another beautifully rendered performance. AMAZING tap dancing. Clever costumes. Great lighting. Smart, funny dialogue.

Don't see it if Tells instead of shows. Lack of character development. The affair story line is weak. Some sound issues. But heck, see it anyway!

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Original

See it if you love great dancing

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate an industry-themed show

95
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great dancing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love great dancing, a flawless cast...and years from now you want to be able to tell people you actually saw the legendary Shuffle Along

Don't see it if you hate art.

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

See it if You love musicals that teach you something about Broadway history. It's a head bobbing, toe tapping good time. Loved Brian Stokes Mitchell !

Don't see it if You're only interested in seeing Audra McDonald. She's a wonderful actress but this show is equally delighful without her.

75
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to watch historic black musicians/dancers tap their troubles away. Great choreography propels the all-star, all tapping ensemble.

Don't see it if Backstage backbiting and hard won showbiz success are a story you've been told once too often. Act II is one long disheartening denouement.

89
Delightful, Ambitious, Must see, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You love dancing at its finest. See incredible broadway performers all on one stage! See it before it closes as it should NOT be closing!!

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing but even then this show could change your mind about it!

92
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love a fantstic cast, great musical numbers, and a wonderful story tying it all together.

Don't see it if you don't love tap or spectacle, even though this show might've changed your mind...

75
Great staging, Masterful, Weak book, Great singing

See it if you enjoy fantastic choreography and performances from some of Broadway's biggest stars. Is there a reason not to see Audra McDonald?

Don't see it if you're looking for a captivating story from start to finish. In terms of plot, the second act is really weak.

100
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musical theater to be both entertaining and instructive.

Don't see it if you don't like tap-dancing!

70
Entertaining, Confused, Epic, Overrated, Great cast

See it if you enjoy the absolute top shelf dancing/singing/acting and can excuse the slightly disjointed/confused story.

Don't see it if you need strong character development/arcs with a clear central plot.

79
Ambitious, Starry, Fantastic dancing

See it if Enjoy rhythm tap, to see a great cast, like 1920s jazz, appreciate the historical context and parallels

Don't see it if Concerned that tap can induce labor, prefer a high octane dance showcase or a history lesson but not both at once

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of any of the stars involved, each of whom at some point has a big solo. Also, if you like dance, the ensemble is spectacuilar

Don't see it if you want a show that is compelling and affecting. It abounds in good intentions and ultimately sinks under the weight of them. Scattered

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you the good sense to see the great Audra McDonald in a show!

Don't see it if there's no reason NOT to see this show...

78
Clever, Ambitious, Original, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if First two-thirds with great cast and Savion Glover choreography superb depiction of how show developed and was produced despite obstacles.

Don't see it if You won't be able to ignore determined history lesson during final third when future of every single person set out OR if you don't like tap

75
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you want to see amazing tap dancing. Some of the best choreography on Broadway. Also has great singing and lighting. Overall entertaining.

Don't see it if you're looking for some great writing. The book is truly lacking, a bit too frenetic and not as interesting as the story would seem.

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.

85
Exquisite, Ambitious, Refreshing, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love classic Broadway with a new twist

Don't see it if you don't like the classics, as in the 30s and 40s


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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