Swingin’ at the Athens Theatre July 16 to Aug. 18, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a rowdy and romping tribute to Fats Waller and the Black swing and jazz musicians of the Harlem Renaissance.
Centered in Harlem in the 1920s and 19302, it was a cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater and politics.
Bangin’ out new music, Fats laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” includes the title number, and “Honeysuckle Rose,” both Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. It also includes his first published composition, “Squeeze Me.”
Backed up by a full live band, Director Joshian Morales’ dream-team cast includes talented Black performers from Central Florida, including familiar stage stealers Matt Endsley (The Producers, The Wedding Singer), Gabriel Hannans (Sister Act, The Lion King), and Adonus Mabry, Lauren Muller, Eduardo A. Rivera, and Tatiana C. Rivera in their Athens debuts.
Winner of Tony awards for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin',” according to The New York Times, brings “zing and sparkle” to its audiences. The show includes such favorites as “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Black and Blue,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and “I Can’t Give you Anything but Love.”
The historic Athens Theatre, at 124 Florida Ave. in downtown DeLand, has taken extensive precautions to ensure the safety of its patrons, staff, volunteers and actors.
Tickets are from $11 to $30. For advance tickets or more information, visit athensdeland.com or call the Box Office at (386) 736-1500. It is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 1½ hours before live performances.