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Fats Waller

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

(Music by Fats Waller, arranged by Luther Henderson, Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott: Conceived by Richard Maltby Jnr.)

Longacre Theatre, Broadway 8th February, 1978 (1604 perfs)
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical 1978

"Ain't Misbehavin' is a rhapsodic treatment of 30 songs and piano solos (newly equipped with words) either composed, collaborated on or else simply recorded by the great "Fats" Waller" - Douglas Watt - New York Daily News

Synopsis

The show brings to life the whole world that Fats Waller lived in and largely represented: Harlem in the 30s - the Golden Age of places like The Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom, the honky-tonk dives along Lenox avene, of rent parties, of stride piano players and the new beat, swing. In a deceptively simple but dazzling set that suggests all at once a Harlem nightclub stage, a Harlem street, a 30s radio and a giant jukebox, Ain't Misbehavin' evokes a whole sense of jazz worlds - uptown and downtown, raffish and posh, funny and startlingly beautiful.

The atmosphere of the '20s, '30s and '40s is evoked rather than recreated.

Principals: 2 Male, 3 Female

Musical Numbers:

For the sake of identity, the singers listed for each song are those who performed in the original Broadway show - Nell Carter, Andre de Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page and Charlaine Woodard.

Instrumentation:

Piano (2); Saxophone; Drums: Bass; Clarinet; Trumpet; Trombone

Discography:

OBC 78 - RCA 02965 (2)
ARC 95 - RCA 68415
BRC 95 - First Night CAST 53