“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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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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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 ...
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 ...
Ain't Misbehavin' goes big and brash and rocks the house
"Sly, genial, and bursting with the wit and energy of one of the most innovative periods in American music, it’s one of the very best revues ever assembled: an effervescent expression of African American spirit, shaded by the harsh realities of a segregated and divisive nation. Portland Center Stage’s bright and shining new production, which brought down the opening-night house on Friday at the Armory, reveals that it’s also a show of surprising elasticity. ... Center Stage’s 'Ain’t Misbehavin’' delivers the goods with brash and happy verve. In short, the joint is jumpin’. Friday’s opening-night audience broke out in a spontaneous standing ovation that, unlike so many in polite and proper Portland, was amply, richly deserved. Heck, I joined ’em." -Oregon ArtsWatch
Timeless Jazz has Plenty to Say
"The cast is uniformly strong, and includes a number of Broadway veterans. The pedigree shows throughout, as they inhabit the song's romantic and comic moments, and dig into the inequities of the Depression era, particularly in the gripping 'Black and Blue.' ... This is a group of particularly gifted singers that nimbly explore the permutations of Waller's songs, offering fresh interpretations of standards, while finding new relevance for some of the more-obscure numbers; the turntable set by scenic designer Tony Cisek is a marvel, creating a quartet of intimate spaces that help the audience focus on the singers. ... Fats Waller's music is fresher than ever with this breezy and brisk production, featuring a strong-voiced cast that has a way with comedy." -The Oregonian
Portland Center Stage is Really Jumpin'!
"Portland Center Stage's production of this musical, conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Murray Horowitz based on the music of Fats Waller, is a high-energy crowd-pleaser. In addition to the fantastic music, this show has great direction by PCS's artistic director Chris Coleman, an awesome rotating set by scenic designer Tony Cisek, and an all-around stellar cast ... Obviously, I recommend Ain't Misbehavin' very highly." -BroadwayWorld
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