A revival of the Fats Waller musical, Ain’t Misbehavin,’ heads the Mercury Theatre’s Made In Colchester season and it has already announced a transfer to London’s Southwark Playhouse.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ will get its first London revival in almost 25 years this April after the production premieres in Colchester on March 15.
Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan.
Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be directed by Tyrone Huntley, making his directorial debut.
Tyrone is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and received an Olivier Award nomination.
Tyrone is soon to appear in Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith. His other performing credits includes Angry (Southwark Playhouse) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).
Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, making her debut as a theatre choreographer.
The musical first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
The show is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ runs at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, from March 15-30 before moving to Southwark Playhouse (April 19-June 1).