Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! This week, I’m offering another treat for my Musical Theatre Monday friends, for we’re celebrating another 100th anniversary. That is, it was 100 years ago this week — on May 23, 1921 — that the great Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle musical revue Shuffle Along first opened on Broadway. This is one of my favorite 1920s scores and an important development in musical theatre — one of the first major productions written, produced, and performed by Black artists to achieve mainstream acclaim and success.
You can visit our seven-year-old musical tribute to the show here, and then add to your enjoyment with an audio of the 2016 Broadway production of Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed, which tracked both the development and legacy of this seminal milestone. Unfortunately, it never got a cast recording (just a lame Tony sampler), so, for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest, I’m offering a complete (untracked) audio of the frozen show. Here’s the big Act One finale — “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” Happy Birthday to this wonderful piece of American history!
Come back next Wednesday for a new Wildcard! And stay tuned for more Barney Miller!