Thursday, August 13, 2015

All Star Cast To Open In Shuffle Along On Broadway Next Spring

Audra McDonald. Brian Stokes Mitchell. Billy Porter. Savion Glover. George C. Wolfe. Care to guess what all of these names have in common? Well besides being Tony winners, they are all part of one of this season's most highly anticipated new shows. Now to be technical the full title of the show is Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. However for space constraints let's just call it Shuffle Along shall we?

So anyway now that you know what it's called, and who's in it, I'm guessing you might want to know a little bit about the show right? Exactly. So let's get to it. Well for starters, the show is actually based on the making of the original production of Shuffle Along that premiered on Broadway in 1921. That production ran for four hundred and eighty-four performances, and featured such future musical legends like Eubie Blake, Florence Mills, Josephine Baker, and Paul Robeson.

Not only that, but it was the first major production in more than a decade to be produced, written and performed entirely by African-Americans. Plus it was also famous for introducing the song, "I'm Just Wild About Harry", that was used by Harry Truman for his campaign anthem. Previews for the show are set to begin at the Music Box Theater on March 14, 2015, with opening night scheduled for April 21, 2015. Oh and just in case you were wondering, we here at Applause will be selling tickets for it. In fact we are selling tickets for every new show set to open this season. Who knew? Get your tickets to see Shuffle Along on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. I don't know about you, but I think this just might be the show to give Hamilton a little competition at next year's Tony Awards. Until next time theatre fans.

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