BROADWAY BUZZ: SHUFFLE ALONG / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of American Theatre

Image courtesy of American Theatre

The curtain has finally risen on one of Broadway’s biggest mysteries, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, the last show of the 2015-2016 season. No one knew quite what to expect from this musical, but it’s safe to say that the finished product kept us on our toes. Shuffle Along (as everyone is calling it given that the full title could max out a tweet) boasts a cast of Broadway royalty, from six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and fellow Tony winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter to nominees Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, and Brooks Ashmanskas.

Shuffle Along reunites acclaimed director George C. Wolfe and choreographer Savion Glover in the duo’s first collaboration since their 1996, spinning the backstage story of one of the first successful all-black Broadway musical production with McDonald taking center stage as protagonist-cum-diva Lottie Gee, delivering a flawless performance from start to finish. Glover’s choreography drives the story where words are not spoken, creating another captivating layer to the jazz -- all drawn from the original production.

Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is now officially open at the Music Box Theatre. Contact your Attaché for tickets and pre- or post-theatre dining reservations.