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

100
Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Original

See it if It was an entertaining evening of theater. Loved the score and choriography

Don't see it if You don't like original Broadway musicals

85
Smart, Elegant, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I saw the show with the understudy and still enjoyed it immensely. Great music and dance. Packed with information and history.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in American history, don't like musicals.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious, Original

See it if You enjoy dancing. Very entertaining

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a lot of dancing

83
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if If you love dancing and want to see a full Tony winner show!! Very entertaining!! If you like tap dancing this is the show for you

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals! Kids may not understand the story

65
Great staging, Overrated, Excellent production numbers, Weak book, Meh music

See it if you enjoy large, well-executed, well danced production numbers

Don't see it if you would mind the failure to create a compelling story, to develop characters, and to integrate the songs and the book in an engaging way

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see fantastic dancing and a wonderful story

Don't see it if you hate tap dancing

69
Ambitious, Dizzying, Resonant

See it if You're interested in theatrical history, love tap, Audra/Billy/Brian Stokes Mitchell

Don't see it if You don't like really long shows, a little disjointed

82
Delightful, Enchanting, Original, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you love jazz and blues and stunning song and dance numbers and fantastic talent, definitely a must-see if you love jazz, blues, and tap.

Don't see it if you want fully developed relationships between the characters and more plot-driven songs and transitions.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if You love big production musicals with lots of tap dancing and great vocals. Audra McDonald was out but her understudy was amazing!

Don't see it if Can think of a reason not to see this. Just go before it closes.

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You enjoy terrific tap dancing, pure entertainment. Fun sets, great costumes. The cast is terrific.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals. Story is slight.

87
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if love great dancing amazing talent

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

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great dancing, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love musicals, love great dancing, love Audra Macdonald

Don't see it if Hate musicals, don't want to think, don't Like tap dancing

55
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you love tapping and are interested in the show's history.

Don't see it if you want a good book. Felt preachy and like a lecture demanding that understand the show's significance. Very episodic and slow.

70
Tappy, Interesting

See it if you love tap dancing, interesting historical tales, and Audra McDonald.

Don't see it if you want something light and whimsical. This a surprisingly heavy musical for being so tappy. And definitely don't see it if you hate tap.

76
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Audra McDonald is in it.

Don't see it if Audra McDonald is out.

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if you can see Audra McDonald and/or Billy Porter, and if you love jazz musicals. Also a great musical theatre history story.

Don't see it if you don't like tap or jazz music. There are a lot of jazz ballads, and the story moves slowly at parts.

73
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense, Great singing

See it if You love learning history from a musical! And if you love AMAZING actors all in one musical at the same time!

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment. Especially - Act 1, you have to fully engage and think.

79
Entertaining, Dizzying, Profound, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you would like to see the most earth shattering choreography this side of Broadway and a re-telling of a lost juncture in American theater

Don't see it if you'd like to see a less than cohesive book and (surprisingly) disappointing performances by its 5 leads

79
Clever, Amazing tap-dance choreography,, Great singing

See it if You love tap. Savion Glover's choreography is ecstatic! You want the story of how a historic Afro-American musical got to Bway in 1921.

Don't see it if You are lookg for the original musical. The Sissel-Blake songs are woven into a new story. Interestg but sometimes too much a history lesson

90
Entertaining, Amazing dancing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy masterful performances and phenomenal dancing. Audra McDonald's understudy was AMAZING.

Don't see it if dancing isn't your thing.

28
Excruciating, Boring, Great dancing

See it if you like great dancing and don't mind that the overall show is a snooze-fest with a terrible book despite a talented cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for a captivating experience with a strong book and score.

75
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Great singing

See it if Enjoy great dancing & choreography & a brilliant star turn by the female lead

Don't see it if You are bothered by a story that is filled with cliches

84
Masterful, Original, Documentary-like, Great singing

See it if you're fascinated by Broadway history and what happens to the creators of a show before and after a huge success. Also, THE CAST!!!

Don't see it if you're turned off by documentary-style theatre (which the show feels like at times).

96
Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to hear the untold history of Broadway. All the Hamilton's and Hairspray's owe their success to the history told in this show.

Don't see it if you are bored by history or don't enjoy the 1920s/30s style of music/dance/performance

95
Ambitious, Delightful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like the all singing, all dancing, all tapping musicals of a time gone by.

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


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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