Ain’t Misbehavin’

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Ain't Misbehavin'

Genres

  • Musical

Synopsis

The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ’30s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. Five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.

Awards & Nominations

1978 Tony Award Nominations

  • [Winner] Best Musical
  • [Winner] Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Nell Carter
  • [Winner] Best Direction of a Musical
  • Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Charlaine Woodard
  • Best Choreography

1978 Theatre World Award Nominations

  • [Winner] Nell Carter
  • [Winner] Armelia McQueen

1978 Drama Desk Award Nominations

  • [Winner] Outstanding Musical
  • [Winner] Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Ken Page
  • [Winner] Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Nell Carter
  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical – André De Shields
  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Charlaine Woodard
  • Outstanding Choreography

1989 Tony Award Nominations

  • Best Revival

Premiere Info & Creative Team

Composer: Thomas “Fats” Waller

Broadway Premiere

  • Theatres: Longacre Theatre, Plymouth Theatre, Belasco Theatre
  • Opening Night: May 9, 1978
  • Total Performances: 1604
  • Original Cast: Nell Carter, André De Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlaine Woodard
  • Director: Richard Maltby, Jr.
  • Choreographer: Arthur Faria
  • Producer: Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organization, Jane Gaynor and Ron Dante
  • Orchestrations: Luther Henderson
  • Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
  • Costume Design: Randy Barcelo
  • Lighting Design: Pat Collins

Broadway Revival

  • Theatre: Ambassador Theatre
  • Opening Night: Aug 15, 1988
  • Total Performances: 176
  • Original Cast: Nell Carter, André De Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlaine Woodard
  • Director: Richard Maltby, Jr.
  • Choreographer: Arthur Faria
  • Producer: The Shubert Organization, Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein and Roger Berlind
  • Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
  • Costume Design: Randy Barcelo
  • Lighting Design: Pat Collins

Songs

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • Lookin’ Good but Feelin’ Bad
  • ‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Squeeze Me
  • Handful of Keys
  • I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
  • How Ya Baby
  • Jitterbug Waltz
  • Ladies Who Sing with the Band
  • Yacht Club Swing
  • When the Nylons Bloom Again
  • Cash for Your Trash
  • Off-Time
  • The Joint is Jumpin’
  • Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
  • Lounging at the Waldorf
  • The Viper’s Drag
  • Mean to Me
  • Your Feet’s Too Big
  • That Ain’t Right
  • Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
  • Find Out What They Like
  • Fat and Greasy
  • Black and Blue
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  • Two Sleepy People
  • I’ve Got my Fingers Crossed
  • I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
  • It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie
  • Honeysuckle Band
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A native of New York and Central Florida, Julia currently resides outside SW Houston, Texas, with her amazing tech-geek husband, their long-awaited miracle baby boy, and their two goofy cats. In addition to spending time with her incredible family, she loves going to the theatre to see the latest musicals in town; she also enjoys singing, geocaching, a delicious cup of tea, and watching a good movie. She can also be found at Temlyn Writing and Houston Theatre.