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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.