The production will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Complete Cast Announced for Broadway's Star-Studded. The four writers were African-American Vaudeville veterans who first met in 1920 at a NAACP benefit that was held at the newly opened Dunbar Theatre in Philadelphia. In a season full of spectacles, such as Sally — a Ziegfeld musical — and another edition of George White’s Scandals, Shuffle Along’s failure was almost a foregone conclusion," press notes state. The proposed guidelines are dependent on the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions by spring. He will play book writer and performer F.E. In the same year theatres shutdown, his profile skyrocketed. [29] The production closed on July 24, 2016. The show focuses on the challenges of mounting the 1921 Broadway production of Shuffle Along, its success and aftermath, including its effect on Broadway and race relations. The show was noted for its score and for a comic fight scene in Act II. Shuffle Along, a musical comedy by composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle which featured an all-black cast, was the most significant achievement in black theatre of its time. I own nothing. He also directed 16 Broadway productions, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, plus Jelly's Last Jam, The Wild Party, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty and Caroline, Or Change. The Amazon series also adds Kit Harington, Anna Paquin, Minnie Driver, and. 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. [8][18], According to theatre historian John Kenrick, "Judged by contemporary standards, much of Shuffle Along would seem offensive ... most of the comedy relied on old minstrel show stereotypes. The musical played on Broadway in 2016 and starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon and Billy Porter. "[5] Nevertheless, the African-American community embraced the show, and performers recognized the importance of the show's success to their careers. The cast included Lottie Gee as Jessie Williams, Adelaide Hall as Jazz Jasmine, Gertrude Saunders as Ruth Little, Roger Matthews as Harry Walton, and Noble Sissle as Tom Sharper. She will play the 1920s headliner Lottie Gee, the star of Shuffle Along. "Any show that followed the characteristics of Shuffle Along could usually be assured of favorable reviews or at least a modest audience response. Once in office, however, the two find themselves at odds. Dixon and Henry will play the songwriting team of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. After finding a small source of funding, Shuffle Along toured through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If either one wins, he agrees to appoint the other his chief of police. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. Shuffle Along had a spectacular cast, made all the better for me because I hadn't seen any of them before. 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. The show announced its supporting cast: Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Or, are you beginning to wonder why anyone would ever leave Grey Gardens? After nearly a decade on Broadway, the stage manager is not just working in theatre—he’s shaping it for the better. When the show came back to New York, about a year later, during the Depression of 1920–21, the production owed $18,000 and faced strong competition on Broadway in a season that included Florenz Ziegfeld's Sally and a new edition of George White's Scandals. Recently seen at City Center’s Encores! Listen to music by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along on Apple Music. The musical launched or boosted the careers of Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Adelaide Hall. Don't miss: "Broadway babies" join the cast of "Shuffle Along" Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe revive "Shuffle Along" George C. Wolfe on a "footnote" of 1921 It, and another similar short featuring Miller and Lyles, were found in the Warner Bros archives in 2010, where they had been misfiled. Henry is a two-time Tony nominee for The Scottsboro Boys and Violet, and he has also appeared in Porgy and Bess, Bring It On: The Musical and American Idiot. "[22] Loften Mitchell, author of Black Drama: The Story of the American Negro in the Theatre, credited Shuffle Along with launching the Harlem Renaissance,[citation needed] as did Langston Hughes. A shame that this show is closing 7/24 when Audra Mcdonald was due to leave. The Tony Award winner celebrates her birthday February 22. Which Musical Theatre Character Are You Becoming in Quarantine? [13][14] The orchestra included William Grant Still and Hall Johnson. That score included "In Honeysuckle Time," "Love Will Find a Way," "Bandana Time," "If You Haven't Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You Haven't Been Vamped at All," and its biggest hit, "I'm Just Wild About Harry.". "[2] But the musical drew repeat audiences due to its jazzy music styles, which were a modern, edgy contrast to the mainstream song-and-dance styles that audiences had seen on Broadway for two decades. A Tony winner for Kinky Boots, Porter’s Broadway credits also include Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Miss Saigon. George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes, and famed critic George Jean Nathan were among the many fans who repeatedly flocked to West 63rd Street to see a cast which — during its run of 504 performances — featured such incipient luminaries as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington, and Adelaide Hall. Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: February 23, New Cultural Learning Program Will Feature Filmed Excerpts From Broadway, Tony Nominee Aaron Tveit and West End Star Kerry Ellis Among, Kathryn Gallagher, Nikki M. James, Larry Owens, More Theatre Stars Tapped for, U.K. Government Outlines Plans for Theatre Reopening, Including Potential Full Capacity in June, How Cody Renard Richard Became One of Broadway’s Brightest Stars From Backstage, Dmitri Hvorostovsky Signature Roles Are the Highlight of Latest Met Opera Virtual Offerings, Paolo Montalban Scrapbook: Prince Christopher Shares Personal Photos From Filming, Read the Playbill.com feature by Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, in which she shares her memories of working on, Playbill's Weekly Streaming Guide: What to Watch February 22-26. [6][10] According to Time magazine, Shuffle Along was the first Broadway musical that prominently featured syncopated jazz music and the first to feature a chorus of professional female dancers. Harry gets the people behind him and wins the next election, as well as the lovely Jessie, and runs Sam and Steve out of town. [5] It had brief revivals in 1933 and 1952. [7] Promoters were skeptical that a black-written and produced show would appeal to Broadway audiences. Here is the show's new logo, featuring newly-added cast member Afra Hines. [2] The show also contributed to the desegregation of theaters in the 1920s, giving many black actors their first chance to appear on Broadway. The new Broadway musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed ends its run July 24 after 38 previews and 100 regular performances.. Scott Rudin is producing the show, which will start previews at the Music Box Theatre March 14, 2016, and open April 21. The story gets a little confusing since it takes place in the1920 to the 70's. If either one wins, he agrees to appoint the other his chief of police. Daryl Waters will provide music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations. The new Broadway musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed opened April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.. Shuffle Along: New Directions in the Broadway Musical. Here, she describes the costumes. Wolfe won the Tony Award twice, as director of both a musical and a play: Bring in 'da Noise in 1996 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 1993. [9], Miller and Lyles wrote thin, jokey dialogue scenes to connect the songs: "The plot of ... Shuffle Along was mainly to allow an excuse for the singing and dancing. Williams, Pamela Yasutake and Richard Riaz Yoder. Show Clips: SHUFFLE ALONG, Starring Audra McDonald - YouTube 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. The backstage story is about the making of one of the first all-black Broadway musical hits that was also written by African-Americans. "Shuffle Along" opens on April 28, 2016. The four writers were African-American Vaudeville veterans who first met in 1920 at a NAACP benefit that was held at the newly opened Dunbar Theatre in Philadelphia. George C. Wolfe will write the book as well as direct, and Savion Glover will choreograph. [2][10] The production opened on Broadway in April 2016 at the Music Box Theatre,[26] directed by Wolfe, and choreographed by Savion Glover. “Shuffle Along,” one of the most ambitious and anticipated musicals of the theater season just ended, will close next month, abruptly and … 2:44 Listen Now $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart 5. Shuffle Along's Tony Award-nominated choreographer Savion Glover and cast dance the Pennsylvania Graveyard Shuffle … The show served as a breakout role for St. Louis native Josephine Baker, who danced in the chorus as the zany caboose at the end of the line. 3:47 Listen Now $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart 6. 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. African American musicals were not new to Broadway in 1921, for Bert Williams and George Walker helped bring the all-black musical to Broadway in 1903, with In Dahomey.Despite what seemed like a prominent beginning, African American artists had difficult time staying on Broadway. Shelton Becton will be the musical director. It launched the careers of Josephine Baker, Adelaide Hall,[4] Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Paul Robeson, and became such a hit that it caused "curtain time traffic jams" on West 63rd Street. Richard Cooper Bio Photos Theatre Credits Stage History - learn all about their career on stage. Musicals Lyrics, Broadway Cast, Lyrics for Musicals, ... Shuffle Along the Musical Songs Lyrics. It opened at the Broadway Theatre on May 8, 1952, and closed after four performances, but was recorded in an abridged form by RCA Victor, combined with selections from Blackbirds of 1928. Because of Shuffle Along, Uptown and Downtown met and became one.”. Copyright 1991-2020 © Playbill Inc. All Rights Reserved. "Shuffle Along was one of the first shows to provide the right mixture of primitivism and satire, enticement and respectability, blackface humor and romance, to satisfy its customers". Shuffle Along [1921] (Original, Musical, Comedy, Broadway) opened in New York City May 23, 1921 and played through Jul 15, 1922. “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. One character remarks that the lighter the skin, the more desirable an African-American woman is. Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is a musical adaptation based on the original book of the 1921 musical, focusing on the challenges of mounting the original production of Shuffle Along and its effect on Broadway and race relations. "[16] Black audiences at Shuffle Along sat in orchestra seats rather than being relegated to the balcony. The result of this critical stranglehold on the black musical was that ... black authors and composers prepared shows within extremely narrow constraints. Ann Roth is the costume designer of Shuffle Along, Or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. They resolve their differences in a long, comic fight. This production was unsuccessful and closed after 17 performances. by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along. Gertrude Saunders was replaced by Florence Mills. Mitchell won a Tony Award for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate. The show's dancing and 16-girl chorus line were more reasons why the show was so successful. Yet, if a show strayed from what had become the standard formula for the black musical, disastrous reviews became almost inevitable. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. Shuffle Along Cast List on Broadway.com, the most comprehensive source for Broadway Shows, Broadway Tickets and Broadway Information. [citation needed] In 1928, Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928, starring Adelaide Hall and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, became the longest running all-black show on Broadway (up to that point), running for 518 performances. [8] In the end, however, the show earned $9 million from its original Broadway production and three touring companies, an unusual sum in its time. [28] The adaptation received ten 2016 Tony Award nominations but won none. [2][23], The show was revived at the Mansfield Theatre, New York City, from December 26, 1932, to January 7, 1933, starring Sissle, Blake, Miller, Lyles, Mantan Moreland and Bill Bailey. [2], The show was "the first major production in more than a decade to be produced, written and performed entirely by African Americans. [15] The musical toured successfully throughout the country up to 1924. He will play Aubrey Lyles, a writer and performer. Today's birthdays include Lea Salonga, Ellen Greene, and Marni Nixon. After its initial run the show had two revivals, in 1933 and 1952. Love Will Find a Way (From "Shuffle Along") by Ivan Harold Browning. And despite being celebrated vaudeville performers, Miller and Lyles and Sissle and Blake had never performed on Broadway, much less written a musical. An excerpt of Shuffle Along, the musical fight between the two leading characters, was made into a short talkie film by Warner Bros in the early 1930s. Book by F. E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles Music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake Two dishonest partners in a grocery store, Sam and Steve, both run for mayor in Jimtown, USA. An amazing cast with Billy Porter, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon in addition to Mc Donald. [30], Sheet music for "Love Will Find a Way", a song from the show, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, "Shuffle Along: The Musical at the Center of the Harlem Renaissance", "Shuffling Roles: Alterations and Audiences in Shuffle Along", "History of The Musical Stage, 1920s Part III: Black Musicals", "Black History Month – Innovative Musical Contributions: Eubie Blake", "Little Known Black History Fact: Shuffle Along", "The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway's 'Shuffle Along'", "Audra McDonald to Star in New Broadway Musical With Savion Glover", "Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald Will Reunite on Broadway in, "See Full List of 2016 Tony Award Nominations", "Broadway’s ‘Shuffle Along’ To Close in July, When Audra McDonald Exits", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shuffle_Along&oldid=1006261656, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2013, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "I'm Simply Full of Jazz" - Ruth Little and Syncopation Steppers, "Love Will Find a Way" - Jessie Williams and Harry Walton, "Sing Me to Sleep, Dear Mammy" - Harry Walton and Board of Aldermen, "(In) Honeysuckle Time (When Emmaline Said She'd Be Mine)" - Tom Sharper, "Gypsy Blues" - Jessie Williams, Ruth Little and Harry Walton, "Shuffle Along" - Jimtown Pedestrians and Traffic Cop, "Good Night Angeline" - Board of Aldermen, "If You Haven't Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You Haven't Been Vamped at All" - Steve Jenkins, Sam Peck and Jimtown Vamps, "Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe" - Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe, "Everything Reminds Me of You" - Jessie Williams and Harry Walton, "Oriental Blues" - Tom Sharper and Oriental Girls, "I Am Craving for That Kind of Love"/ "Daddy (Won't You Please Come Home)" - Ruth Little, "Baltimore Buzz" - Tom Sharper and Jimtown's Jazz Steppers, "African Dip" - Steve Jenkins and Sam Peck, This page was last edited on 11 February 2021, at 22:58. "New York City was still in the throes of the Depression of 1920. [20] In 1929, Harlem, a drama by Wallace Thurman and William Rapp, introduced the Slow Drag, the first African-American social dance to reach Broadway. [6][10] Its appeal to audiences of all races, and to celebrities such as George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes and critic George Jean Nathan, helped to unite the white Broadway and black jazz communities and improve race relations in America.[6][7][11]. It opened the door for black performers and writers on the stage during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. Sign up for exclusive discounts and save up to 50% on tickets! A 1952 revival, starring Sissle and Blake, Avon Long and Thelma Carpenter and choreographed by Henry LeTang, was also unsuccessful. He also received three nominations for Ragtime, King Hedley II and Man of La Mancha. Promoters were skeptical that a black-written and produced show would appeal to Broadway audiences. [2], President Harry Truman chose the show's song "I'm Just Wild About Harry" for his campaign anthem. "[5] According to the Harlem chronicler James Weldon Johnson, Shuffle Along marked a breakthrough for the African-American musical performer and "legitimized the African-American musical, proving to producers and managers that audiences would pay to see African-American talent on Broadway. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing, Shuffle Along [which contained the hit 'I'm Just Wild About Harry'] ignited not just Broadway but all of New York City. The story focuses on the challenges of mounting the original production of Shuffle Along and its effect on Broadway and race relations. [24], During World War II, Sissle and Blake adapted and performed Shuffle Along for USO shows, with an ensemble that included pianist and vibraphonist Sylvester Lewis.[25]. Sam wins with the help of a crooked campaign manager. Don't miss: "Broadway babies" join the cast of "Shuffle Along" Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe revive "Shuffle Along" George C. Wolfe on a "footnote" of 1921 None of the four had ever written a musical, or even appeared on Broadway. After finding a small source of funding, Shuffle Along toured through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The show announced its supporting cast: Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Two dishonest partners in a grocery store, Sam and Steve, both run for mayor in Jimtown, USA. It was only able to book a remote theater on West 63rd Street that had no orchestra pit. The plot involved two old friends who run against one another for the office of mayor of their town, each promising to hire the other if elected. Off-Center production of The Wild Party, Dixon has appeared on Broadway in Motown and The Color Purple, for which he received a Tony nomination. Glover made his Broadway debut in 1983 at age 10 in The Tap Dance Kid, but has spent most of the last 18 years touring with his own dance troupe. (Two short-lived Broadway revivals of Shuffle Along, in 1933 and 1952, reworked the book extensively.) The Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to the late baritone in Week 50 of its streaming series of past performances. The new musical will use the Blake & Sissle music with an original libretto by Wolfe. Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: February 22, 16 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home. The show premiered on Broadway at the Daly's 63rd Street Theatre on May 23, 1921, and closed on July 15, 1922, after 504 performances. [19], After Shuffle Along, nine African-American musicals opened on Broadway between 1921 and 1924. Baker joined the traveling cast at age 15 and was allowed to join the Broadway version a year later, when she was 16. [6] None of the four had ever written a musical, or even appeared on Broadway. Are you working non-stop? As they fight, their opponent for the mayoral position, virtuous Harry Walton, vows to end their corrupt regime ("I'm Just Wild about Harry"). Click here to buy Shuffle Along … Find top songs and albums by Original Broadway Cast of Shuffle Along including I'm Just Simply Full of Jazz (From "Shuffle Along"), Election Day in Jimtown (From "Shuffle Along") and more. Tickets go on sale 12:01 AM Sept. 12 for the new Broadway musical by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting Telecharge.com. With music by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, Shuffle Along premiered in May 1921 and had a run variously recorded as 484 performances and 504 performances, either one a remarkably long run by the standards of the time. The piece premiered on Broadway in 1921, running for 504 performances[3] – an unusually long run during that decade. Copyright owners: email me at stevesimple12890@yahoo.com for prompt removal of videos. (It was my first trip to New York City in many years.) The titles are "The Mayor of Jimtown" and "Jimtown Cabaret". The 2016 Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" did not produce a cast recording. Shuffle Along was one of the longest running plays on Broadway, with 504 performances. Once the show left New York, it toured for three years and was, according to Barbara Glass, the first black musical to play in white theaters across the United States. Read the Playbill.com feature by Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, in which she shares her memories of working on Jelly's Last Jam with Wolfe. During its long run, the original Shuffle Along employed at various times the future stars Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall and Paul Robeson. Love Will Find a Way (From "Shuffle Along") by Ivan Harold Browning. [12] Bessie Allison's first professional performance was in Shuffle Along. Songs from the score were heard in the 1978 Broadway revue, Eubie! [citation needed] However, the success of the show set limits on the black-themed shows that followed. "[21] Nevertheless, scholar James Haskins stated that Shuffle Along "started a whole new era for blacks on Broadway, as well as a whole new era for blacks in all creative fields. Miller. [8] It introduced musical hits such as "I'm Just Wild about Harry", "Love Will Find a Way", and "In Honeysuckle Time". Shuffle Along is a musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and a thin revue-style connecting plot about a mayoral race, written by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles.[1][2]. The show will represent the first collaboration between Wolfe and tap master Glover since their Tony-winning Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk in 1996. [citation needed], A stage adaptation, titled Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, featured the original music from Shuffle Along and other songs by its creators, with a book written by George C. Wolfe based on the original by Miller and Lyles and historical events. However, with little fundin… [3] It was directed by Walter Brooks, with Eubie Blake playing the piano. [27] The cast starred Audra McDonald as Lottie Gee, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Miller, Billy Porter as Lyles, Brandon Victor Dixon as Blake and Joshua Henry as Sissle. [17] It was the first Broadway musical to feature a sophisticated African-American love story, rather than a frivolous comic one. "Shuffle Along" opens on April 28, 2016. Shuffle Along opened at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., in late March, 1921 for two weeks.It was later performed at the Sixty-third Street Theatre in New York City, New … Josephine Baker, who was deemed too young at the age of 15 to be in the show, joined the touring company in Boston, and then joined the Broadway cast when she turned 16. Sam keeps his promise to appoint Steve as chief of police, but they begin to disagree on petty matters. Each of the leading male characters was out to swindle the other. Have you begun your descent into madness? "Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along" is a rich slice of Broadway history, and a sterling addition to Harbinger's growing catalogue of musical theatre and cabaret recordings. 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