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"Shuffle Along" - black love story on Broadway - premiere & review...
Item # 673905
May 23, 1921
THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 23, 1921
* 1st all black-American love story on Broadway
* highly successful amidst significant contemporary doubts
Page 16 has: "'SHUFFLE ALONG' PREMIERE' - Negro Production Opens at Sixty-Third Street Music Hall", which provides a review of this historic play. A small ad is found on the same page (not shown in our photos).
Complete in 28 pages, some chipping around the edges, fragile, but overall nice for the era.
Note: Highly successful, "Shuffle Along" is considered to be the first serious romance story with an all black cast. Additionally, although black attendees were typically required to sit in the balcony, those attending "Shuffle Along" were permitted to sit in the orchestra pit. The play became so popular, sixty-third street needed to be converted to a one-way street during showings to help with traffic.
Category: The 20th Century