Shuffle Along and the return of African-American musical theater to Broadway during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s » Noble Sissle and Shuffle Along [1933] chorus girls

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  1. Yinka Adefunmi
    Mar 17, 2018 @ 16:56:38

    Do we have any way of identifying the models? Maybe one is my grandma.



    • doc
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 19:47:33


      Hi. Thanks for visiting. I don’t have that information, but you might try some Google searches combining your grandmother’s name, or any stage name she might have used, with other keywords such as Shuffle Along, Shuffle Along 1933 (or 1932), Eubie Blake, Noble Sissle, Sissle & Blake, 1930s musical, etc. You could also do a search for your grandmother’s name at some theatrical info sites such as the following:

      Here’s a link to the Internet Broadway Database page on “Shuffle Along [1933],” which opened on Broadway at the Mansfield Theatre on 26 December 1932, and closed on 7 January 1933 after a run of just 17 performances. Perhaps it had a longer off-broadway run or toured the country. There are over 50 cast members listed on the page, including many identified as a “Dancing Girl” or a member of a “Singing Ensemble.” Good luck, and let me know if you’d like some help with your searches.




    • doc
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 19:55:08

      See also this photo of from Shuffle Along [1933] of Eubie Blake with chorus girls. It’s smaller, but of much better quality than the one with Noble Sissle.



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