November 29, 2015
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
Previews are Oct. 24-29 | Opening night Oct. 30
By Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Chris Coleman
“What whistles, hoots, throws off sparks and moves at about 180 miles an hour? Ain’t Misbehavin’!”
The New York Times
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, this sassy, sultry revue celebrates the remarkable life and talents of a legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. Director Chris Coleman has created “a bright and shining new production … he has knocked out the walls and opened the show to the streets, bringing in the heady Uptown of the Harlem Renaissance and the bleaker days of the Depression Thirties to give the songs a deeper visual and impressionistic context. He’s expanded the cast from five to eleven, and created a whole urban community: apartments, bedrooms, alleys, piano parlors and party rooms, the kitchen at the Waldorf. The transformation gives a texture to the place and times that’s very different from Ain’t Misbehavin’s usual setting, a hothouse nightclub with the band and singers all squeezed together, raising the roof … Ain’t Misbehavin’ delivers the goods with brash and happy verve. In short, the joint is jumpin’.” Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch
General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
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Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes; including one intermission.
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Peruse the Song List.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is recommended for ages 12+; contains suggestive language and, contrary to the title, some harmless misbehavin’! The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes and a single fake gun. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production
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Evenings: Tuesdays – Sundays at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at noon*
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar or select “more performances” in the sidebar to view available dates and times.
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Hear from Director Chris Coleman on his zest for Fats Waller’s music and the Harlem Renaissance.
Poet Marty McConnell joins us this November for a series of special engagements.
Registration ends at Noon on Friday!
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Post-Show Conversations with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble and Special Guests
In the U.S. Bank Main Stage immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee.
Free and open to the public.
Sunday, November 1Lynn Darroch, jazz writer, commentator, collaborator, and story teller.
Sunday, November 8Paul Knauls, owner of The ... More »
Not only was Fats Waller one of the greatest pianists jazz has ever known, he was also one of its most exuberantly funny entertainers — and as so often happens, one facet tends to obscure the other. His extraordinarily light and flexible touch belied ... More »
Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller, except where (*) indicated.
Songs not written by Fats Waller were recorded by him.
Ain’t Misbehavin’* DeMone, David St. Louis, André Ward, Charity Angél Dawson, Olivia Phillip, Mia Michelle McClain, Maiesha McQueen
Music by Thomas Waller and Harry Brooks;Lyrics ... More »
Ain't Misbehavin' begins rehearsal on September 29th, and I can't believe we get to build this show with this incredible group of performers. Richard Maltby, the original director and creator of the show, has offered his permission to slightly expand the ensemble, so here ... More »