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 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, 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.
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New York Times “Shuffle Along is scintillating present-tense theater, with jaw-dropping virtuosity of singing and dancing.”
Associated Press "It's not a review or revival. It's more like a history lesson that will blow you away."
Chicago Tribune "The not-to-be-missed "Shuffle Along" is an exceptionally important new show."
Entertainment Weekly "It’s a dazzling production that celebrates art, dreams, and equality. And when the man behind me emphatically screamed out, “Damn!” after the final number, I had to nod my head and agree."
Vulture "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."
The Hollywood Reporter "It's almost impossible to stay still in your seat when the internally motorized ensemble of Shuffle Along explodes into one of choreographer Savion Glover's seismic tap routines . . .scene after scene dazzles in one of the most electrifying entertainments on Broadway."