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Fats Waller musical ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ coming to The Center



 

 

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host the 2016/17 sea­son opener “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ”: The Fats Waller Musical Show in partner­ship with North Coast Repertory The­atre, running from August 11 – 14, in the Center Theater.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a roof-rais­ing, sassy, sultry musical celebra­tion of the legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This rousing musical trib­ute will have audiences feeling like members of the high society of the ‘20s and ‘30s, tapping their feet to the rowdy songs, and experiencing the true essence of glory days of the Harlem Renaissance. Interviews and hi-res images are available upon re­quest.

Richard Malty, Jr. and Murray

Yvonne will play Charlaine in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Yvonne will play Charlaine in Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Horwitz conceived the musical, and though it was originally created and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., Yvette Freeman now directs “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. Freeman is known for her work as an actress on the televi­sion medical drama series, ER, and for replacing Nell Carter in the origi­nal Broadway production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’”.

The versatile cast of actors, Yvonne (Charlaine), Cynthia Thomas (Arme­lia), Ron Christopher Jones (Andre), Anise Ritchie (Nell), and Tony Perry (Ken), strut, strum and sing the songs that made Waller famous during his storied career. The cast is backed by a dedicated team of individuals, in­cluding Julia Lema (Choreographer), Lanny Hartley (Music

Cynthia Thomas plays Armelia.

Cynthia Thomas plays Armelia.

Director/Pia­nist), Cindy Rumley (Stage Manag­er),

Marty Burnett (Resident Scenic Designer), Matthew Novotny (Light Design), Melanie Chen (Sound De­sign), Anastasia Paulova (Costume Design), Andrew Gutierrez (Prop De­sign), and Peter Herman (Hair & Wig Design). Some of the singular songs that fans can expect to hear, include “Honeysuckle Rose,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and dozens more.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” made its pre­miere on May 9, 1978 and later that year it went on to win three Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Nell Carter, and Best Direction of a

Ron Christopher Jones plays Andre

Ron Christopher Jones plays Andre

Musical), two Theatre World Awards (Nell Carter and Armelia McQueen) and three Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Mu­sical – Ken Page, and Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Nell Carter). The following year in 1979, the mu­sical won a Grammy Award for Best Cast Show Album.

Following the run at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, come ex­perience “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” at the Center from August 11 – 14.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at 800- 988-4253. Tickets can also be pur­chased online. To learn more, includ­ing performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.


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