— Chicago Tribute
“Fun and off-the-charts galvanic energy are the main orders of the day in this show… Talk about “Spreadin’ the Rhythm Around.” Pure joy.”
— Chicago Sun Times
“A top-flight cast and band who capture the score’s ebullient energy and swinging stylishness.”
— Chicago Reader
“This is a boozy, after hours party, and we’re all invited.”
— Huffington Post
ABOUT AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical revue with a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by various composers and lyricists as arranged and orchestrated by Luther Henderson. It is named after the song by Fats Waller (with Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf), “Ain’t Misbehavin'”.
The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin'”. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. Five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.