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Shuffle Along [1921]   

After this production closed, a national tour began in August 1922. Josephine Baker was hired as a dresser for the production, and later offered herself as a replacement when a chorus girl fell ill during the tour's engagement at Boston's Selwyn Theater. She danced in the chorus from August 1922 through the end of the tour in the fall of 1923. She did not appear in the Broadway production, as is often reported.

63rd Street Music Hall, (5/23/1921 - 7/15/1922)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: May 23, 1921    
Closing Date: Jul 15, 1922 Total Performances: 484

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: Election Day in Jimtown, in Dixieland.
Comments: Based on Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles' vaudeville sketch known as both "The Mayor of Jimtown" and "The Mayor of Dixie."

It is reported the musicians in the orchestra memorized the entire score and played each performance without sheet music.




Production Staff
Produced by Nikko Producing Company
Book by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles; Music by Eubie Blake; Lyrics by Noble Sissle; Dance arrangements by Charles Davis and Lawrence Deas; Musical Director: Eubie Blake; Music arranged by Will Vodery
Directed by Walter Brooks
At the Piano: Eubie Blake; Viola: Hall Johnson; Oboe: William Still
Cast
A. E. Baldwin
Soakum Flat
Syncopating Sunflower
Edna Battles
Majestic Magnolia
Mildred Brown
Jazz Jasmine
Hazel Burke
Majestic Magnolia
Goldie Cisco
Jazz Jasmine
Arthur Cooper
Alderman
Richard Cooper
Alderman
Charles Davis
Uncle Tom
Syncopating Sunflower
Jennie Day
Jazz Jasmine
Lawrence Deas
Jack Penrose
Ina Duncan
Secretary to Mayor
Majestic Magnolia
Paul Floyd
Jim Williams
Bea Freeman
Happy Honeysuckle
Lottie Gee
Jessie Williams
Marion Gee
Happy Honeysuckle
Adelaide Hall
Jazz Jasmine
C. Wesley Hill
Rufus Loose
Evelyn Irving
Jazz Jasmine
Bernard Johnson
Syncopating Sunflower
Lucia Johnson
Happy Honeysuckle
Robert Lee
Syncopating Sunflower
Mamie Lewis
Happy Honeysuckle
Aubrey Lyles
Sam Peck
Snippy Mason
Alderman
Syncopating Sunflower
Roger Matthews
Harry Walton
F. E. Miller
Steve Jenkins
Arthur Porter
Alderman
Marie Roberts
Happy Honeysuckle
Gertrude Saunders
Ruth Little
Ruth Seward
Happy Honeysuckle
Noble Sissle
Tom Sharper
Paula Sullican
Majestic Magnolia
Marguerite Weaver
Happy Honeysuckle
Theresa West
Jazz Jasmine
Mattie Wilks
Mrs. Sam Peck
Beatrice Williams
Jazz Jasmine
Billy Williams
Strutt
Bob Williams
Old Black Joe
Syncopating Sunflower
Lillian Williams
Jazz Jasmine
Miles Williams
Syncopating Sunflower
Lula Wilson
Majestic Magnolia
Arthur Woodson
Alderman
Syncopating Sunflower
music by Eubie Blake; lyrics by Noble Sissle
ACT 1 Sung By
I'm Simply Full of Jazz Ruth Little and Syncopation Steppers
Love Will Find a Way Jessie Williams and Harry Walton
Bandana Days Alderman and Company
Sing Me to Sleep, Dear Mammy Harry Walton and Board of Aldermen
(In) Honeysuckle Time (When Emmaline Said She'd Be Mine) Tom Sharper
Gypsy Blues Jessie Williams, Ruth Little and Harry Walton
ACT 2 Sung By
Shuffle Along Jimtown Pedestrians and Traffic Cop
(I'm Just) Wild About Harry Jessie Williams and Jimtown Sunflowers
Syncopation Stenos Mayor's Staff
Good Night Angeline Board of Aldermen
If You Haven't Been Vamped by a Brownskin, You Haven't Been Vamped at All Steve Jenkins, Sam Peck and Jimtown Vamps
Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe Uncle Tom and Old Black Joe
Everything Reminds Me of You Jessie Williams and Harry Walton
Oriental Blues Tom Sharper and Oriental Girls
I Am Craving for That Kind of Love/ Daddy (Won't You Please Come Home) Ruth Little
Baltimore Buzz Tom Sharper and Jimtown's Jazz Steppers
African Dip Steve Jenkins and Sam Peck