The FATS WALLER Musical Show
Dates: June 7-17
Style: Musical Revue
Run Time: 2 Hours (Including One Intermission)
Ages: 12 and up
(There is no official rating system for live theatre. We invite you to use your own judgment.)
Conceived by RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and MURRAY HORWITZ
Created and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.
Original Choreography and Musical Staging by ARTHUR FARIA
Musical Adaptations, Orchestration & Arrangements by LUTHER HENDERSON
Vocal & Musical Concepts by JEFFREY GUTCHEON
Musical Arragements by JEFFREY GUTCHEON & WILLIAM ELLIOTT
Originally produced by The Manhattan Theatre Club
Originally produced on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg,
Dasha Epstein, The Shubert Organization, Jayne Gaynor & Ron Dante
A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great, Fats Waller.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame as part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and ’30s with his jumpin’ new beat – known as swing music. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original.
Join our cast for a show of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that Waller made famous in a career that ranged from high society Manhattan nightclubs and low-lit dives, to Hollywood and concert stages around the world.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Thomas 'Fats' Waller
Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. He was born Thomas Wright Waller in New York City.
Waller studied classical piano and organ before apprenticing himself to legendary Harlem stride pianist James P. Johnson. Johnson introduced Waller to the world of rent parties (a party with a piano player, designed to help pay the rent by charging the guests), and soon he developed a performing career.
He was an excellent pianist–now usually considered one of the very best who ever played in the stride style–but his songwriting and his lovable, roguish stage personality (“One never knows, do one?”) overshadowed his playing. Before his solo career, he played with many performers, from Erskine Tate to Bessie Smith, but his greatest success came with his own five- or six-piece combo, FATS WALLER AND HIS RHYTHM. Among his songs are “Squeeze Me” 1919, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” 1929, “Blue Turning Grey Over You” 1930, “Honeysuckle Rose” 1929, “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” 1929, and “Jitterbug Waltz” 1942.
He collaborated with the Tin Pan Alley lyricist Andy Razaf and had a commercially successful career, which according to some music critics eclipsed his great musical talent. His nickname came about because he weighed nearly 300 pounds (136 kg). His weight and drinking are believed to have contributed to his death.
Waller also made a successful tour of the British Isles in the late 1930’s, and appeared in one of the earliest BBC Television broadcasts. He also appeared in several feature films and short subject films, most notably STORMY WEATHER in 1943.
With Razaf he wrote “What Did I Do (To Be So Black and Blue)?” 1929 which became a hit for Louis Armstrong. This song, a searing treatment of racism, black and white, calls into question the accusations of “shallow entertainment” leveled at both Armstrong and Waller.
On December 15, 1943, at age 39, Waller died aboard an eastbound train in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri, following a west coast engagement.
Richard Maltby, Jr.
BROADWAY: Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards — also Tony Award for Best Director); FOSSE (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); as well as RING OF FIRE, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: BABY (1983, seven Tony nominations); lyricist: BIG (1996, Tony nomination: Best Score; also Dominium Theatre London 2019). With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: MISS SAIGON (Evening Standard Award, London 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-lyricist: THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director: THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2009). Director/co-lyricist: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SONG & DANCE (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.) OFF-BROADWAY: with David Shire: director/lyricist STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW (1977, Grammy nomination) and CLOSER THAN EVER, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score; also Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Musical Revival 2013; and London Jermyn Street Theatre 2014,). Director: JUST JIM DALE, (Roundabout Theatre 2014, Vaudeville Theatre, London 2015). REGIONAL: Lyricist/conceiver, TAKE FLIGHT (Menier Chocolate Factory, London 2010; McCarter Theatre 2012); book and lyrics, WATERFALL (2015, Pasadena Playhouse and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre); Lyricist, new musical SOUSATZKA (2017, Toronto). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER, (2007: Christopher Award, best screenplay.). Contributes cryptic crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; Five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.
Murray Horwitz – Writer, Lyricist, Director
Associate Director, Based his original idea & featuring songs with additional lyrics [Revival, Musical, Revue] (Aug 15, 1988 – Jan 15, 1989)
ANDRÉ De SHEILD’S HAARLEM NOCTURNE
Book & Direction [Original, Musical, Revue] (Nov 18, 1984 – Dec 30, 1984)
Associate Director, Based on his original idea & featuring songs with additional lyrics [Original, Musical, Revue] (May 9, 1978 – Feb 21, 1982)
Music Theatre International
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