André De Shields' Production of Ain't Misbehavin' Begins NJ Crossroads Run Oct. 6

News   André De Shields' Production of Ain't Misbehavin' Begins NJ Crossroads Run Oct. 6
New Jersey's Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theater Company, devoted to African-American voices and artists, revives the musical Ain't Misbehavin' — the celebration of songs associated with Thomas "Fats" Waller — Oct. 6-23 in New Brunswick, NJ.

Jacob Ming-Trent
Jacob Ming-Trent

André De Shields directs a quintet that includes Tyrone Davis, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan and Shrek veteran Jacob Ming-Trent.

Two-time Tony Award nominee De Shields (Play On! and The Full Monty) starred in the original Broadway cast of the revue conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.

De Shields was Drama Desk Award-nominated for his appearance in the original 1978 production of Ain't Misbehavin'. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical; Maltby won for his direction; Nell Carter won as featured actress. At Crossroads, Tyrone Davis will play the track that De Shields originated.

Ain't Misbehavin' features favorites associated with pianist-singer-songwriter Waller (1904-43), including "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," "Honeysuckle Rose," "You Feet's Too Big," "Black and Blue," "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie," "Squeeze Me" and "Ain't Misbehavin'."

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Crossroads Theatre Company was founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson with the vision that African-American theatre is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience. "As a major force in the development of new ideas and the introduction of formerly marginalized writers, Crossroads produces works that enrich and diversify the representation of African American culture on the American stage." Crossroads has produced more than 40 world premieres and received the Tony Award in 1999 for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States.

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