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
View the season calendar.
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
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon*
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.
This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.
Production News & Reviews
Posted 03 November 2015
“Ain’t Misbehavin’ goes big and brash and rocks the house.” Find out what people are saying about Ain’t Misbehavin’!
Posted 15 November 2015
Hear from Director Chris Coleman on his zest for Fats Waller’s music and the Harlem Renaissance.
Posted 10 November 2015
Poet Marty McConnell joins us this November for a series of special engagements.
Registration ends at Noon on Friday!
Posted 02 November 2015
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 Cotton Club nightclub
Sunday October 15Marilyn Keller, Vocalist
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