“Ain’t Misbehavin’”
Opens Huntington Season

Fall is almost here, and one of the first openings of Boston's new theater season comes on September 12 with "Ain't Misbehavin'" at The Huntington Theatre Company. Performances run through October 19.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary and based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., "Ain't Misbehavin'" will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" pays tribute to the talents of the legendary Fats Waller, whose skill at stride piano (where the left hand "strides" across the keyboard playing the beat while the right plays the melody) captivated audiences. Featuring the music from the Harlem Renaissance, where swing joined with ragtime and jazz to create an explosive musical movement, "Ain't Misbehavin" was an immediate crowd pleaser when it premiered on Broadway in 1978.

From sassy to sultry, this electric celebration of song and dance features such favorites as "The Joint is Jumpin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and "T'Ain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do."

Marcia Milgrom Dodge will set the Huntington production within the framework of a Harlem rent party -- a gathering hosted by folks who needed to raise money for rent. The highlight of these affairs were pianists such as Fats Waller (a fixture on the rent party circuit), who were hired to entertain the guests and keep the good times rolling all night long.

The Huntington will continue its showcase of special "event evenings" for "Ain't Misbehavin." They include:

Two special evenings designed for: theatergoers aged 35 and under; and for theatergoers in the gay and lesbian community. These evenings provide an opportunity to mingle with fellow theatergoers and the artistic team or cast at a pre-or post-show reception that's free with your purchase of tickets.

•NIGHT CLUB, sponsored by The Boston Phoenix for theatergoers 35 and under. Thursday, September 18, 7:30 PM performance, with a pre- or post-show reception.

•OUT & ABOUT CLUB, sponsored by Bay Windows for the gay and lesbian community. Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 PM performance, with a pre- or post-show reception

THEATRE 101 (New this season)
Learn more about theater -- both what's on stage and what's happening behind the scenes -- with this exciting new interactive program. Begins at 6 PM, Tuesday, October 7.

Converse with your peers about the play you have just seen. This program gives everyone a chance to listen and be heard by fellow theatergoers. Sunday, September 21, following the 7 PM show.

A presentation by a member of the Huntington's artistic staff, featuring contextual background, as well as production-related information on "Ain't Misbehavin.'" Tuesday, September 16, and Thursday, October 2, 6:30 to 7 PM in the theater. Free with ticket.

There will be a humanities forum on Sunday, September 28, following the 2 PM matinee. Humanities forums are free and open to the public.

Members of the cast will appear on stage following the performance to participate in an open dialogue with the audience. Thursday, September 25, following the 7:30 PM performance and Wednesday, October 1, following the 2 PM matinee.

For further information, visit the Huntington box office at 264 Huntington Avenue, call 617-266-0800 or log on to www.huntingtontheatre.org.

-- OnStage Boston


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