Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, who co-starred in the original 1998 Broadway production of “Ragtime," will reunite in the musical “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.”
The drama, about the people who brought the 1921 musical “Shuffle Along” to life, will begin performances on March 14, 2016 at the Music Box Theatre. Opening night is set for April 21.
In “Shuffle Along,” Mitchell and McDonald will be joined by a slew of Tony winners and nominees, including Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots”), Joshua Henry (“Violet”) and Brandon Victor Dixon (“The Color Purple”).
“Shuffle Along” was one of the first all-black Broadway musicals written by black writers. The 1921 Broadway production played 504 performances and featured the talents of Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson and Lottie Gee.
McDonald will play Gee in the show. Porter and Mitchell will play the show’s bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller, with Henry and Dixon playing the songwriting team of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.
Blake and Sissle’s original score will be featured in the show, with a new book by George C. Wolfe, who will also direct the production.
Savion Glover will choreograph. It’ll be the first time Glover and Wolfe have collaborated since 1996’s “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” for which they both received Tony awards.