Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show opens on Nov. 1 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre at 3051 Central. The show is a production of Spinning Tree Theatre and runs through Nov. 17.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is the only musical revue to win a Tony Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical. The revue has music and lyrics from a variety of composers and lyricists and a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. The musical opened in 1978 at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway and ran for 1,604 performances. A tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance takes the title of the Thomas “Fats” Waller song of the same name.
The Spinning Tree production is being directed and choreographed by Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst (Managing Director) with Musical Director Angie Benson accompanying on piano. The other members of the band are Julian Goff on percussion and Brian Wilson (Wilson performs frequently at the Quality Hill Playhouse) on bass.
The cast features Eboni Fondren; Ron Lackey; Linnaia McKenzie; Jennie Greenberry and Matthew King. Fondren has appeared in the Little Shop of Horrors for the KC Repertory Theatre and Hairspray at the New Theatre. Lacky appeared at the Coterie in Bud Not Buddy. McKenzie appeared in Ragtime at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater and Spring Awakening at the Coterie. Greenberry performed with Spinning Tree Theatre in Shipwrecked! And in Pippin for the KC Rep. King also appeared in Ragtime at the MET plus Death of Cupid at the Living Room Theatre.
Ain’t Misbeavin’ opens the third season for the newest small professional theater company in Kansas City. Spinning Tree is committed to investing in local and professional talent. It is their intent to produce intelligent, thought-provoking and entertaining plays and musicals. In February the production company will present the Kansas City premiere of Motherhood Out Loud and in May A Little Night Music.
Tickets are available by calling Spinning Tree at 816-569-5277 or visiting the Spinning Tree website. General admission seats are $25 each.