Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show

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Spring, 2018
Written By: Richard Maltby, Jr., music by Fats Waller
Directed By: Sophie Caplin

Director Sophie Caplin (Once On This Island) comes back with another musical for Duke Players, a sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This staging is a passion project for producer Onastasia Ebright who has arranged for the show to be staged in the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture and has invited collaborators from NC Central University.  

Ain't Misbehavin' is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical.  The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music. Although not quite a biography, Ain't Misbehavin' evokes the humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Show dates: April 6-8, 2018


Ahnna Beruck as Nell Carter

Savi Elliot as Andre DeShields

Bry Burguesa as Ken Page

Onastasia Ebright as Armelia McQueen

Multazem (Multy) Oliver as Charlayne Woodard

with Andrew Berinson as the Pianist


Directors: Sophie Caplin and Zhuri Bryant

Producers: Onastasia Ebright and Shaun Taraporewalla

Stage Manager: Nadia Thompson

Choreographer: David E. Foster

Costume Designer: Melina Ozernova

Dramaturg: Liddy Grantland