Time Travel Theatre: Enjoy the great Fats Waller musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – and a Bonus!

Here’s a great opportunity to enjoy an Emmy-winning recording of the original production (and original cast) of the hit Fats Waller musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

Originating as a cabaret piece at Manhattan Theatre Club in February 1978, it was an instant hit, therefore the material was rapidly worked up into a full show which opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on May 9, 1978, later transferring to the Plymouth Theatre and then to the Belasco Theatre, finally closing on February 21, 1982 after 1604 performances and fourteen previews. The show was directed by Richard Maltby Jr (who co-wrote the show with Murray Horwitz), with musical staging and choreography by Arthur Faria.

Programme from the earliest incarnation of the show in February 1978. By the time it got to Broadway, Charlayne Woodard had replaced Irene Cara.

The original cast featured Nell Carter, AndrĂ© DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlayne Woodard. Luther Henderson adapted Waller’s music for the revue and served as the production’s original pianist. Cast replacements later in the run included Debbie Allen, Yvette Freeman, Adriane Lenox, and Alan Weeks.

The show won three 1978 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Direction and Best Performance (Carter)), three Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor (Page) and Outstanding Actress (Carter)), as well as two Theatre World Awards (for Carter and McQueen).

On June 12, 1982, NBC broadcast the revue with the original Broadway cast (you can see this broadcast recording below). This production received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning two perfromance awards (for DeShields and Carter)

UK readers may remember that the show also came to London, opening at Her Majesty’s Theatre in March 1979 with DeShields and Woodard from the original Broadway cast, where it also enjoyed a substantial, successful run.

So, below, please enjoy a great musical which pays full tribute to the musical genius of Fats Waller

With special thanks to YouTube poster Jackie M

EXTRA BONUS! For those of you who would like to see the 1978 Tony Awards, with performances from shows including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dancin’, On the Twentieth Century, Runaways and The Act, and to see the stars of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ win their Tony awards, just click on the link below

With special thanks to YouTube poster MIssPoochSmooch

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