- Dec. 28, 2019
-- Ain't Misbehavin' encompasses more than thirty show-stopping swinging musical numbers like "The Joint is Jumpin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose" that take the audience on a journey not only through the Thomas "Fats" Waller song book, but through Harlem and New York in its heyday where the high-steppers partied, from honky-tonk dives to the Cotton Club, from Tin Pan Alley to the Waldorf. The show is an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Fats Waller's view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play! Produced by Irving Street Rep. Directed by Emmy Award winner A. Curtis Farrow. Musical Director Darius Frowner.
In 1978 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', the exuberantly entertaining musical crafted from the songs of Thomas "Fats" Waller, swung onto Broadway to marvel audiences through more than a thousand performances and win the Tony Award for Best Musical. It is a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, an era of creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride. Originally conceived by Richard Malty, Jr. and Murray Horwitz, the show keeps the pace moving through musical skits rather than a complicated narrative. The delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original will be brought to the Lehman Center stage by the Irving Street Rep. The production features a pianist and five skilled performers that bring to life the nuanced layers of the songs that includes some humorous bantering between the singers. With snazzy period costumes, complete with bowlers, spats, ermine and pearls, the musical turns the theater into a rollicking good-time party that highlights the intoxicating music of "Fats" Waller― Harlem-style swing that bridged Ragtime and Mid-century jazz idioms. The over thirty songs of this musical revue is a roaring good time and will delight and energize audiences as well as provide insight into a vibrant time in Harlem's history and music.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2019-2020 Season is also made possible through the sponsorships by Goya Foods, The New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department, the New York State Council on the Arts, Con Edison, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Havana Café, and the Friends of Lehman Center.