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Swingin’ Economic Empowerment in the Harlem Renaissance: Noble Sissle, Shuffle Along, and a Black Revolution in the Entertainment Industry

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Noble Sissle, the talented performer, producer and lyricist of “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and other popular songs, is a recurring character in American Theatre and Jazz histories. However, there has yet to be a serious scholarly work written about the trailblazer, who has often been cast as the secondary partner to his virtuosic friend, Eubie Blake.
Sissle made Broadway history in 1921 when he penned the lyrics to Shuffle Along, a musical developed with Eubie Blake, Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. At a time when black performers were often relegated to the role of puppet in the entertainment ventures of white masterminds, Shuffle Along proved that an entirely black creative team and cast could exact extraordinary mainstream success in the growing theatre entertainment industry. Opening in May 1921, Shuffle Along ran for an unprecedented 504 nights and was the biggest Broadway hit of the decade. Commanding black and white audiences, the show revolutionized the American musical, significantly altering American performance culture. Further, Shuffle Along ushered in the Harlem Renaissance, introducing icons such as Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson to delighted audiences. Shuffle Along companies toured the United States, Canada and Europe, grossing over $8 million dollars. During his impressive six-decade career, Sissle became a leading patron and leader of the artistic and African American communities.
Utilizing cultural historicism and literary criticism, this paper explores Noble Sissle’s contribution to black economic empowerment in the entertainment industry and to the development of an emerging American performance identity during the jazz age.
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Lake, Tara. "Swingin’ Economic Empowerment in the Harlem Renaissance: Noble Sissle, Shuffle Along, and a Black Revolution in the Entertainment Industry" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436033_index.html>

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Lake, T. , 2010-09-29 "Swingin’ Economic Empowerment in the Harlem Renaissance: Noble Sissle, Shuffle Along, and a Black Revolution in the Entertainment Industry" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436033_index.html

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Abstract: Noble Sissle, the talented performer, producer and lyricist of “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and other popular songs, is a recurring character in American Theatre and Jazz histories. However, there has yet to be a serious scholarly work written about the trailblazer, who has often been cast as the secondary partner to his virtuosic friend, Eubie Blake.
Sissle made Broadway history in 1921 when he penned the lyrics to Shuffle Along, a musical developed with Eubie Blake, Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. At a time when black performers were often relegated to the role of puppet in the entertainment ventures of white masterminds, Shuffle Along proved that an entirely black creative team and cast could exact extraordinary mainstream success in the growing theatre entertainment industry. Opening in May 1921, Shuffle Along ran for an unprecedented 504 nights and was the biggest Broadway hit of the decade. Commanding black and white audiences, the show revolutionized the American musical, significantly altering American performance culture. Further, Shuffle Along ushered in the Harlem Renaissance, introducing icons such as Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson to delighted audiences. Shuffle Along companies toured the United States, Canada and Europe, grossing over $8 million dollars. During his impressive six-decade career, Sissle became a leading patron and leader of the artistic and African American communities.
Utilizing cultural historicism and literary criticism, this paper explores Noble Sissle’s contribution to black economic empowerment in the entertainment industry and to the development of an emerging American performance identity during the jazz age.


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