TimesTalks Presents Audra McDonald in Musical Revival of 'Shuffle Along'

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com | Feb 12, 2016 03:57 PM EST
Audra McDonald sings at The Drama League's 30th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Neil Patrick Harris on February 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo : Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Audra McDonald has had a jam-packed year, what with a reprise role as Ms. Billie Holiday in the West End debut of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill as well as a return to the critically acclaimed Shuffle Along. For the latter, a TimesTalk will be held Friday, Feb. 19 to give audiences a deeper insight into the six-time Tony winner and her role in the 1921 musical.

To be held at the TimesCenter on West 41 street at 7 p.m., New York Times' own Wesley Morris talks with the show's superstar, Ms. McDonald, to give viewers a chance to delve in deeper to the musical. With music by the legendary Sisszle and Blake, the production is based on the original by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles.

Per the TimesTalk website, the program is as follows:

"Some of Broadway's top talents are joining forces on one of the most anticipated shows of the season, a star-studded revival of the 1921 musical "Shuffle Along," with music and lyrics by the legendary Sissle and Blake, a new book by George C. Wolfe, based on the original by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, and new choreography by Savion Glover. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to find out more when New York Times critic at large Wesley Morris talks with the show's star, six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald, and its writer/director, Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe."

Shuffle Along follows a backstage story about the making of one of the first all-black Broadway musical hits that was also written by African-Americans.

So don't miss your opportunity to check out the insights to the show by purchasing your tickets here.

While you wait for the TimesTalk, preview Shuffle Along below.

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