André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Zurin Villanueva, Frenchie Davis and Cynthia Thomas Set for 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’: THE MUSIC OF FATS WALLER Tonight

Feinstein’s/54 Below is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Tony Award winning musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ with 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’: THE MUSIC OF FATS WALLER , directed by its original Tony Award-winning director, Richard Maltby, Jr. for two shows on tonight at 7pm and 9:30pm. Click here for tickets.

The evening will feature cast members from the Broadway company- two-Tony nominee André De Shields (The Full Monty, The Wiz, Play On), Ken Page (Cats, The Nightmare Before Christmas). and Charlayne Woodard (FX’s “Pose”).  Frenchie Davis (“American Idol,” Dreamgirls) will take on the role originated by Nell Carter and Cynthia Thomas (Ain’t Misbehavin’) will take on the role originated by Armelia McQueen.

Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, André De Shields and Nelle Carter in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'.
Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, André De Shields and Nelle Carter in AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’.

The show will also feature members of the Crossroads Theatre Company production of the musical, which was directed by Mr. De Shields, including Johmaalya Adelekan (Ragtime), Rheaume Crenshaw (Groundhog Day), Tyrone Davis Jr (Waitress), and Zurin Villanueva (Mean Girls).

Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

The concert will be directed by the show’s original Tony Award-winning director and co-conceiver, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Receiving five Tony Award nominations, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ opened at the Longacre Theater in 1978 and played 1600 performances. The original company featured Nell Carter, André De Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlayne Woodard. The show was choreographed by Arthur Faria and featured arrangements by Luther Henderson. The show was conceived by Mr. Maltby and Murray Horowitz. A revival of the show hit Broadway in 1988.

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ features some of Fats Waller’s most iconic songs including “The Joint Is Jumpin,” “Your Feets Too Big,” “Mean To Me,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and so many more.

54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ will be produced by Robert W. Schneider. The show will be music directed by William McDaniel. The associate producer will be Benjamin Nissen.

Schneider said, “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN ‘is the epitome of a perfect revue. I am so thrilled that the man who helped bring this show to life forty years ago, the incomparable Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr, is once again taking the helm on this project and will be bringing Waller’s timeless music back to New York audiences. The joint, pun intended, will be jumpin!”

Tickets, starting at $30, are still available. In addition to the ticket price, there is food and beverage minimum of $25.00 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN tickets can be purchased at 54below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551

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