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Ain't Misbehavin'


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Sat, May  30, 2009

Performance Length

2 hours - one intermission

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Recommended for ages 11+

Musical revue celebrating Fats Waller and the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance; bawdy humor, mature themes.

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

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Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted


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Ain't Misbehavin' is like an intoxicating combination of a dry martini and a dirty  joke, savored over the sassiest Depression-era jazz."

- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

This is a show that not only chases the blues but also practically pounds them into submission... the  toe-tapping music and mischievous spirit is pure Fats.”

- Jay Reiner,  The Hollywood Reporter

“Who'd  have guessed the freshest act in town would be a decades-old staging of  century-old material? TWO BLISSFUL HOURS.”

- Bob Verini,  Variety

“WALL TO WALL MUSIC AND  DANCING. This production will have you  tappin’ your feet, shoutin’ out and wanting more when it ends.”

- Keisha7,

“What better way to chase the blues away than a couple hours' worth of Fats Waller's buoyant music, performed by a quintet of singer-dancer-actors who'd be millionaires if they could bottle the collective joy they project?”

- Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register

At the height of the historic Harlem Renaissance, venues like The Cotton Club were jumpin’ to a new beat called “swing.” Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a rollicking, finger-snapping, toe-tapping, Tony Award®-winning musical revue — a tribute to the black entertainers of the early 1900’s that centers on the music of one of the most prolific musicians of the time, Thomas “Fats” Waller.

Recreated by original director, Richard Maltby, Jr. (Tony Award®, Best Direction) for an exclusive Center Theatre Group engagement, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is vibrantly told with infectious energy and the cheeky humor for which Waller was known.

Featuring 30 famous, high-energy tunes including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue” and “The Joint is Jumpin’.”

More About the Show

Ain't Misbehavin'

The stars came out in full force for the very special opening night performance of Ain't Misbehavin'. Watch interviews with Anthony Bell, Telma Hopkins, Victoria Platt and many more and check out the scenes from the party!

Ain't Misbehavin' | Ahmanson Theatre Click here to watch clips of Ain’t  Misbehavin’,
Ain't Misbehavin' | Ahmanson Theatre
Click here to watch exclusive  interviews with the cast, crew and creators of Ain’t  Misbehavin’, now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre. This special 30th  anniversary production will have the joint jumpin’ through May 31st!


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Illustration by Paul Rogers.