Shuffle Along Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that followed on Broadway this spring starring 6-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry. Choreographed by Savion Glover and Directed by George C. Wolfe.
In May 1921, the new musical SHUFFLE ALONG became the unlikeliest of hits, significantly altering the face of the Broadway musical, as well as that of New York City. By the time SHUFFLE ALONG stumbled into town after a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, it was deeply in debt and set to open at a remote Broadway house on West 63rd Street. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant, unforgettable dancing, SHUFFLE ALONG ignited not just Broadway, but all of New York City. Because of SHUFFLE ALONG, Uptown and Downtown met — and became one.
The 2016 SHUFFLE ALONG, created anew by a remarkable constellation of artists and led by 6-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald, brings the original show back to glorious life, while simultaneously telling the heretofore unknown backstage saga of its creation — and how it changed the world it left behind.