Shuffle Along, a musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake and original book by F.E. Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (Apr 28, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016) Choreographed by Savion Glover. McDonald and Dixon have a charming, ultimately bittersweet chemistry relaying the sparks that flew between Shuffle Along's star and its married composer. The musical played on Broadway in 2016 and starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon and Billy Porter. Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it an "intoxicating and sobering concoction", writing: "Often you sense that Mr. Wolfe has a checklist of historic points he must, but must, cover. Flournoy "F. E." Miller and his vaudeville partner Aubrey Lyles conceive the show that was to become Shuffle Along. The initial critical response was mostly positive, with special praise from many critics for McDonald's performance. Flournoy "F. E." Miller and his vaudeville partner Aubrey Lyles conceive the show that was to become Shuffle Along. Some actors from “Shuffle Along” learn and practice routines staged and choreographed by the tap dance legend Savion Glover. [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. "[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. Arriving in New York during the Depression of 1920–21, Shuffle Along is deep in debt and struggles to raise money. 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. They tour the show, playing one-night stands in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, packing the cast into cheap motels and selling their personal possessions to pay for train fare. [5] It had brief revivals in 1933 and 1952. What is Shuffle Along (2016 version) about? [7] Promoters were skeptical that a black-written and produced show would appeal to Broadway audiences. This production was unsuccessful and closed after 17 performances. Miller & Aubrey Lyles. If either one wins, he agrees to appoint the other his chief of police. The show came back to New York about a year later, during the Depression of 1920–21. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. Both those numbers surface again in Shuffle Along, which takes its title from the groundbreaking 1921 show written by Blake and his partner Noble Sissle, with book by F.E. [1], When Blake, Sissle, Miller and Lyles decided to collaborate on Shuffle Along, they were all Vaudeville veterans, but none of them had ever written a musical or appeared on Broadway. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover, and stars six-time Tony Award winner Audra … 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. 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]. 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. Yet, if a show strayed from what had become the standard formula for the black musical, disastrous reviews became almost inevitable. Music supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Daryl Waters. About the original Shuffle Along in 1921. [29] The production closed on July 24, 2016. They meet fellow vaudevillians Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake and decide to team up to create the all-black production. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. One character remarks that the lighter the skin, the more desirable an African-American woman is. George C. Wolfe – “Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” Here are a few more fun facts: -John Doyle’s “Sweeney Todd” toured through Chicago April 23 – May 4, 2008 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. 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 York in May, 1921. [1][12], Opening night reviews were mostly positive, especially with respect to the songs and dancing, with nearly all reviewers giving Audra McDonald rave notices. [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. Hall. Copyright owners: email me at [email protected] for prompt removal of videos. "[15], Terry Teachout, reviewing for The Wall Street Journal, wrote: "The first half of ... Shuffle Along is to 2016 what Hamilton was to 2015: It's the musical you’ve got to see. Glover didn’t have a choice: The 1921 choreography is as forgotten as its choreographer, Lawrence Deas. [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. 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. Choreographed by Savion Glover. [2][3][4] The show introduced several innovations;[5] launched or greatly boosted the career of cast members including Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Adelaide Hall; and the song "I'm Just Wild About Harry" became a popular standard. 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. Which of the following musicals was conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover, and offers a capsule history of racial injustice in America? Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Soraya Nadia McDonald is the culture critic for The Undefeated. [10] The production began previews on Broadway on March 15 and opened officially on April 28, 2016, at the Music Box Theatre, directed by Wolfe, with choreography by Savion Glover. Miller and Aubrey Lyles.But the new Shuffle Along is, as the subtitle states, “The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” not an actual revival of the original show. Book by George C. Wolfe. The production was nominated for ten Tony Awards but did not win any; it won four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. The titles are "The Mayor of Jimtown" and "Jimtown Cabaret". [2] The show also contributed to the desegregation of theaters in the 1920s, giving many black actors their first chance to appear on Broadway. 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. Lyles announces that he is moving to Africa, and the creators go their separate ways. "[16], In her review for Variety, Marilyn Stasio wrote that the show "is to die for" and is "ebullient", and that an "incoherent book" is a "small price to pay for the joy of watching Audra McDonald cut loose. [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. [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=972864924, 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 14 August 2020, at 05:28. 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