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L to R - Director/Co-conciever Richard Maltby,Â Jr.,Â cast members Armela McQueen, Doug Eskew,Â RozÂ Ryan, choreographer Arthur Faria, and cast members DebraÂ Walton and Eugene Barry - Hill with supervising director William Foster McDaniel at the piano.Â Â
Center Theatre Group's exclusive engagement of "Ain't Misbehavin'," The Fats Waller Musical Show, starts previews on April 18 and opens April 24, 2009, at the Ahmanson Theatre. Performances continue through May 31.
The production celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Tony Award-winning revue, which pays tribute to one of America's true originals, the charismatic songwriter, singer, pianist and superb entertainer from the 1920s and 30s, Thomas "Fats" Waller.
"We have a very special goal with this production," says Richard Maltby, Jr., who conceived and is directing "Ain't misbehavin'." "We've reassembled the original creative team in order to take our baby back to its roots and bring to life the unique revue that took Broadway by storm." Maltby won the Tony Award for his direction of "Ain't Misbehavin'."
The "Ain't Misbehavin'" cast includes Eugene Barry-Hill, Doug Eskew, Armelia McQueen (who was in the original Broadway cast), Roz Ryan and Debra Walton. Choreography and musical staging is by Arthur Faria, who staged the original production. The music director is William Foster McDaniel.
Â "Ain't Misbehavin'" includes 30 songs, all presented with the zest for life and cheeky humor for which Waller was known, "The Joint is Jumpin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Mean to Me," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Two Sleepy People," "T'ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," "Your Feet's Too Big," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "Black and Blue," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and more.
"Ain't Misbehavin'" is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Tickets for "Ain't Misbehavin'" start at $20 and are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Music Center. For the deaf community, call TDD (213) 680-4017 for tickets and information.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â