Ain't Misbehavin'

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Ain't Misbehavin' is a musical revue by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr., utilising music by various composers and lyricists as arranged and orchestrated by Luther Henderson.

The original play

Named after the catchy song "Ain't Misbehavin'" (described as "a 1929 stride jazz/early swing song", originally written by Andy Razaf (lyrics) and music by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Harry Brooks for the Broadway musical comedy play called Connie's Hot Chocolates[1]), the later revue is a musical is a tribute to the music of Fats Waller.

First performed in the Manhattan Theatre Club's East 73rd Street cabaret on February 8, 1978 and opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on May 9 in the same year.

Performance history in South Africa

1990: Presented by Pieter Toerien and NAPAC, starring Sam Marais, Natalia da Rocha, Sophia Foster, Abigail Kubeka and Basil Appolis at the André Huguenet Theatre and opening 7 March at the Theatre on the Bay. Directed by Geoffrey Sutherland.

2001: Performed at Downstairs at the Wits Theatre by Drama students under the direction of Fred Hagemann and Greg Homann. Musical direction by Tim Hyslop.

2006: The Market Theatre ended its 30th Anniversary Year in 2006 with this show, directed by Malcolm Purkey with Lindani Nkosi, Sithembiso Mbatha, Gillian Bhudal, Molebatsi Lekgetha, Brenda Mukwevho, Earl Gregory and Nkoto Malebye. Musical direction by Tsepho Mngoma.

Translations and adaptations


Ain't Misbehavin' theatre programme, 1990.

The Star 24 October 2006.

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

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