Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tony Awards Shoot Down “Shuffle Along,” Classified Original, Will Lose to “Hamilton”


“Shuffle Along” is cooked at the Tonys. The Tony committee has announced they consider the George C. Wolfe musical new and original, not a revival. That puts “Shuffle Along” in direct contention with “Hamilton,” which will just about everything. While “Shuffle Along” will get a lot of nominations, their best best is maybe Best Actress in a Musical– Audra McDonald– and Best Choreography– Savion Glover. But even those are long shots. With McDonald leaving mid June for three months off, “Shuffle Along”– a pricey show– is now facing a long hot summer.

The Best Musical nominees should be:
Shuffle Along
School of Rock

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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