Black History Month Honoree 13

Shuffle Along
Posted on 02/16/2023
Image of Shuffle AlongShuffle Along is a musical composed by Eubie Blake, with lyrics by Noble Sissle and a book written by the comedy duo Flourney Miller and Aubrey Lyles. One of the most notable all-Black hit Broadway shows, it was a landmark in African-American musical theatre credited with inspiring the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s.

The show premiered at the 63rd Street Musical Hall in 1921, running for 504 performances, a remarkably successful span for that decade. It launched the careers of Josephine Baker, Adelaide Hall, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Paul Robeson and was so popular it caused "curtain time traffic jams" on W. 63rd St.

A 2016 adaptation, Shuffle Along: or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, focused on the challenges of mounting the original production as well as its lasting effects on Broadway and race relations.

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