Ain’t Misbehavin’- A Swingin’ Revue

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By Kathy Carpenter

photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse presents: Tony Award winning Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show. Conceived by Richard Maltby,Jr. and Murray Horwitz with Director & Choreographer, Spencer John Powell, and Musical Director Nina Gilbert. It is a playful, provocative party with jaunty music and teasing lyrics.

L – R Tyrah Hunter, Shanyeyah White, and Carjanae

Ain’t Misbehavin, Premiered in !978 and is a tribute to the music of Fats Waller. It is a Cabaret style show filled with swing music and a bit of dancing. The singing is the star of this show. It is named after a song by Fats Waller which took place in the era when the Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, and the Waldorf Hotel were the playground for High Society and Lennox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out swing music.

There were five African-American entertainers rocking their game to bring us 31 wonderful, racy, humorous songs. The magical voices take us on a journey through the swing era. Two dancers enhance the show and a band creates the beautiful music of the age, flawlessly.

Shanyeyah White – photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse

Shayeyah White, Tyrah Hunter, Carjanae, DeAndre Simmons, and Michael, our Fab Five. Ed Worham as Fats Waller, Jalen, and Dani. Our beautiful dancers, Gabby Record and Sharla Mandere. The band, Nina Gilbert conductor and keyboard, Alissa Maushrdt, Reeds, Sub, Matt Gill, Trumpet Russ Mitchell , Bass Steve Jilka, and Drums, Skye Landers. Coronado’s award worthy team.

The stage set is a nightclub. We see three arches on a raised stage, with lights that change from song to song with a couple tables, right and left and some chairs. The simple elegance lets the singers shine. With the audience at tables of their own, there is a total nightclub atmosphere, the perfect venue for the show.

Ain’t Misbehavin‘ will have you moving to the beat in your seat and is your show for swing.

Deandre Simmons and Tyrah Hunter photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse

Coronado playhouse is supporting the Black Artist Collective for this awesome show. Their mission is to facilitate a foundation of support and resources the provides a sense of community, a safe haven, and a sanctuary for artist development.

Jalen – photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

May 20 – June 19, 2022

Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm

1835 Strand Way, Coronado


Cast photo courtesy of Coronado Playhouse


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