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Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed

June 27, 2016

"Shuffle Along..." follows the travails and triumphs of the creators of the 1921 David that fought what was at first a losing battle against the Goliath of the Broadway powers-that-be. The quartet that put the show together on a long road tour were libretto creators F.E. Miller (Brian Stokes Mitchell whose charisma and mind-boggling professionalism makes his character the safe harbor) and his partner, Aubrey Lyles (Arbender Robinson, brilliantly taking on the part usually played by Billy Porter); composer, Noble Sissle (Joshua Henry, giving a quietly dignified performance as an artist whose disappointment in America takes him to Africa) and lyricist, Eubie Blake (Brandon Victor Dixon, the more effervescent and demanding of the two songwriters). [more]

Sam Harris Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Film His “Ham: A Musical Memoir”

June 1, 2016

Sam Harris--the American actor and Broadway Alumni--recently launched a kickstarter.com campaign to fund the professional filming of his acclaimed one-man show, "Ham: A Musical Memoir." Best known for his Drama League Award winning performance in the Original Broadway Cast of Cy Coleman’s "The Life" (he was also nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in the same role), Harris’s previous Broadway credits include Mel Brook’s "The Producers" and the Tommy Tune-directed revival of "Grease," for which he made his Broadway debut. Aside from his theatrical achievements, Harris has sold millions of records over the course of a recording career which has seen the release of nine studio albums filled with both fan favorites and original compositions. [more]