Broadway’s newest musical, Shuffle Along, will shuffle in place for the next several days as the production takes a brief hiatus from performances on The Great White Way in the midst of its elongated preview period. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Shuffle Along begins its schedule performance hiatus this week with performances set to resume April 1st, 2016!
The new Broadway musical Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, begins a planned preview hiatus this week with performances set to resume this Friday April 1st, 2016. Originally scheduled into its preview period since tickets went on sale, the week-long hiatus is to give the creative team time to rework and rewrite portions of the show as well as restage them. The planned hiatus originally included no performance this Friday, April 1st, as well. However, that performance was added after several performances of the show were cancelled last week with Tony Award winner Audra McDonald out due to illness. The show began previews March 15th and is scheduled to officially open April 28th at The Music Box.
Producers of the production have priced all tickets for the April 1st performance at $40 as a “Thank You” to fans who lined up outside the theatre last week hoping for a chance to purchase $40 rush tickets but were unable to due to the cancelled performances. The producers went one step further to announce all of the revenue from the April 1st performance will be donated to The Actors Fund.
The scheduled week-long hiatus for Shuffle Along is the first of its kind I’ve personally ever heard of for a Broadway showing bowing cold in New York without a previous out-of-town run. It is smart, allowing the cast and creatives a break period to regroup and refocus the production, following several weeks of performances with audiences now behind them. They have the opportunity to see what’s working, what isn’t and how to move forward from there. While the move is without a doubt costing the production some extra funds, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this move potentially become a habit of new shows bowing cold on Broadway in the future.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed continues to shuffle towards its official opening later this season at The Music Box on Broadway!
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