Long Wharf's Ain't Misbehavin' to Feature Doug Eskew, Kecia Lewis-Evans and Eugene Barry-Hill

News   Long Wharf's Ain't Misbehavin' to Feature Doug Eskew, Kecia Lewis-Evans and Eugene Barry-Hill
 
Doug Eskew, Kecia Lewis-Evans and Eugene Barry-Hill will be part of the Long Wharf Theatre production of Ain't Misbehavin', staged by original creator and director Richard Maltby, Jr., which will swing into New Haven, CT, in October.

Kecia Lewis-Evans
Kecia Lewis-Evans

Maltby, who earned the 1978 Tony Award for Best Direction for Ain't Misbehavin', reunites with his original creative team for the Long Wharf production. Performances will run Oct. 26-Nov. 20.

The cast includes a host of Ain't Misbehavin' veterans, including Eskew (The Color Purple, Five Guys Named Moe, Golden Boy), Lewis-Evans (Shrek, The Drowsy Chaperone), Barry-Hill (The Lion King), Cynthia Thomas (Casper: The Musical, Hairspray) and Debra Walton (The Pajama Game, Cookin' At the Cookery).

The original creative team includes co-director/choreographer Arthur Faria, set designer John Lee Beatty, lighting designer Pat Collins and sound designer Tom Morse, who worked on the 1988 revival. Costumes are by Gail Baldoni, and musical direction is by Phillip Hall. Bonnie Brady is stage manager.

According to Long Wharf, "Ain't Misbehavin' goes back in time to 1930s Harlem, the Golden Age of jazz palaces like the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom and the honky tonk dives on Lenox Avenue, where pulsing swing music played all hours of the day. This funny, rowdy, yet startling beautiful musical brings to life the world of jazz great Fats Waller through songs like 'Ain't Misbehavin',' 'Honeysuckle Rose,' 'The Joint is Jumpin',' 'I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,' and many other hits…"

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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