Shut my mouth and call me ruffled! The indomitable Audra McDonald
& Mr. Theatre himself, Mr. George C. Wolfe,
are bringing the musical “Shuffle Along” back to Broadway in 2016!
“Shuffle Along” not only helped launch Paul Robeson & the Bronze Venus that is Miss Josephine Baker, and cemented the rising star of Miss Florence Mills, but in 1921 it also broke the Great White Way! Commanding upwards of $3 per ticket, “SA” was the first Broadway show in 12 years featuring Negroes that was a hit! It was created, written, choreographed, and performed by African Americans and with 484 shows brought the country such beloved songs as “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby.”
And you know what else? “Shuffle Along” is what brought our heroine Harlow Ophelia Jackson to the Big Apple! She dreamed of Broadway stardom but instead became Mississippi Moon and an amateur detective!
Stay tuned to hear more about the revival. It’s going to be awesome! Harlow Ophelia thoroughly approves!