(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/9; via Pam Green.)

Four of the American theater’s leading African-American singer-actors will join Audra McDonald next spring in a musical that seeks to reintroduce one of the first all-black shows on Broadway.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry — with eight Tony nominations (including two victories) among them — have signed on to join Ms. McDonald, a six-time Tony winner, in “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.” The show, scheduled to begin performances in March and to open in April at the Music Box Theater, will present and explain the back story of “Shuffle Along,” a largely forgotten musical that premiered in 1921.


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