Photo by Lelund Durond Thompson for Broadway Black
Broadway Black is here to provide you a look inside the highly anticipated, star-studded Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The production, which stars Tony Award Winners Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Billy Porter, as well as Tony Nominees Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon officially opens tonight at Music Box Theatre.
This marks the final opening of a show for the 2015-2016 Broadway season, and what a diverse and fun season it’s been. It’s only right that a show of this caliber close what has been on of the best seasons Broadway has seen in years. Check out the photos below and if you haven’t already, purchase your tickets for one of the hottest shows in town.
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
George C. Wolfe directs and writes a new book for the production, which features choreography by Savion Glover. Shuffle Along also features Adrienne Warren, Amber Iman, Brooks Ashmanskas, Phillip Attmore, Alexandria Bradley, Darlesia Cearcy, Darius De Haas, C.K. Edwards, Leo Ash Evens, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Jason Holley, Adrienne Howard, Lee Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa Latouche, Alicia Lundgren, JC Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, Joseph Wiggan, Pamela Yasutake and Richard Riaz Yoder.
Photos by Lelund Durond Thompson for Broadway Black