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My View: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Celebrates 40 Years

My View: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Celebrates 40 Years

Richard Maltby, Jr. the original director and director of last night’s sensational celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ain’t Misbehavin’ : The Music Of Fats Waller said it best when he explained the trajectory of the 1978 production…..”Jan 1 1978 we went into rehearsal with a stack of sheet music, a company of wonderful actors, who turned out to be 5 good ideas….Feb 1st we opened,  March 1st we closed, April 1st we started rehearsals for Broadway, May 1st we opened on Broadway, and June 1st we won the Tony Award for Best Musical. I thought, well that’s the way Broadway is!”

The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumin’ new beat, swing music.  Ain’t Misbehavin’

s celebration last night evoked the delightful humor and infectious energy of the American original as a brilliant cast of new and original actors turned Feinstein’s/54 Below into the most swinging place on the planet and the two standing room only performances last night had the joint unbelievably jumpin’

Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Music Directed by William Foster McDaniel

Produced by Robert W. Schneider

Conceived by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.

Arrangements by Luther Henderson

Original Choreography by Arthur Faria

 

(Complete Article & Photos of this show on BROADWAYWORLD.COM)

Andre DeShields

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Eda Sorokoff & Leslie Odem Jr.

Jamie deRoy & Lynn Ahrens

Jamie deRoy, Ken Page, Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Dan Shaheen, Jamie deRoy, Richard Maltby,Jr.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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