Ain't Misbehavin' Opens at Ahmanson April 24; Barry-Hill, Eskew, McQueen, Ryan, Walton Star

News   Ain't Misbehavin' Opens at Ahmanson April 24; Barry-Hill, Eskew, McQueen, Ryan, Walton Star Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre production of the Tony-winning Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin' opens April 24 after previews from April 18. Original Broadway director/conceiver Richard Maltby Jr. directed the revival, exclusive to the Ahmanson.
Ain't Misbehavin' stars Roz Ryan and Armelia McQueen
Ain't Misbehavin' stars Roz Ryan and Armelia McQueen Photo by Craig Schwartz

The celebration of African-American songwriter and performer Thomas "Fats" Waller plays the Los Angeles venue through May 31. The cast features Eugene Barry-Hill, Doug Eskew, Armelia McQueen (who was in the original cast), Roz Ryan and Debra Walton.

Choreography is by Arthur Faria, who staged the original production. William McDaniel is the music director.

Conceived and originally directed by Maltby, Jr., Ain't Misbehavin' was based on an idea by Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz. The original 1978 Broadway production made a star out of its leading lady, the late Nell Carter, and featured such Fats Waller tunes as "Mean to Me," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Black and Blue" and the title tune. The musical won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Carter) and Best Direction of a Musical (Maltby).

Tickets, which begin at $20, are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or by visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

The cast of <i>Ain't Misbehavin'</i>: Armelia McQueen, Doug Eskew, Debra Walton, Eugene Barry-Hill and Roz Ryan
The cast of Ain't Misbehavin': Armelia McQueen, Doug Eskew, Debra Walton, Eugene Barry-Hill and Roz Ryan Photo by Craig Schwartz