Project Description

Ain’t Misbehavin’

THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL SHOW

Conceived by RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and MURRAY HORWITZ
Directed & Choreographed by CAMILLE A. BROWN

Co-production with Westport Country Playhouse

AUGUST 13–SEPTEMBER 6
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

TONY AWARD WINNER — BEST MUSICAL

This evening of unforgettable music made famous by Fats Waller includes “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Your Feet’s Too Big”, “The Joint is Jumpin’” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do”, to name a few. Join us for these rowdy, raunchy and humorous songs that capture the love, longing and zest for life of 1920’s/30’s Harlem, reimagined by the incomparable director/choreographer Camille A. Brown (2019 Tony Nominee for Best Choreography, Choir Boy).

“Ms. Brown is one of the most expressive, genuine and deeply felt choreographers working today.”
—The New York Times

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This epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors, seabees and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French expatriate and plantation owner. Lt. Joe Cable, a Marine, finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. Luther Billis, a lovable and crafty seabee, provides much hilarity as he peddles grass skirts, shrunken heads and more, vying with Bloody Mary to corner the market. As the war against Japan escalates, reality sets in for both Forbush and Cable, who struggle to reconcile their unconventional love affairs with their long-held prejudices and insecurities. South Pacific — then and now — confronts the social changes and tensions sweeping America.