Little Known Black History Fact: Shuffle Along

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    Shuffle Along was a 1921 Broadway play by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The show debuted at Daly’s 63rd Street theater in New York City. Shuffle Along was one of the longest running plays on Broadway, with 504 performances. The show served as a breakout role for St. Louis native Josephine Baker, who danced in the chorus as the zany caboose at the end of the line. Baker joined the traveling cast at age 15 and was allowed to join the Broadway version a year later, when she was 16. Shuffle Along also included talents Paul Robeson and Adelaide Hall.

    Here are the top Ten plays  at the moment in Black Theaters as printed in American Theatre‘s annual Season Preview issue.

    Good People  (17)
    by David Lindsay-Abaire

    Clybourne Park (15)
    by Bruce Norris

    The Whipping Man (14)
    by Matthew Lopez

    Next to Normal (13)
    by Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt (music)

    The Mountaintop (12)
    by Katori Hall

    Red (11)
    by John Logan

    Time Stands Still (10)
    by  Donald Margulies

    Other Desert Cities (10)
    by Jon Robin Baitz

    The Motherfucker with the Hat (9)
    by Stephen Adly Guirgis

    A Raisin in the Sun (8)
    by Lorraine Hansberry

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (8)
    by Alex Timbers (book) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics)

    ( )= number of productions

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