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Energy, charisma, joy, and jazz are the bandleaders in CCAE’s Ain't Misbehavin'

by Cassiopeia Guthrie, September 25, 2022

Kicking off the 2022-2023 CCAE Theatricals season, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show brings big show energy and joyful jazz to the stage of Escondido’s Center Theatre through October 8.

Directed by Ken Page, one of the original members of the Broadway cast, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a standalone piece that bridges the gap between revue and musical. The production, with music by Thomas “Fats” Waller’ and conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz, features a live jazz band with a conductor on keys (in this case, the pianist has been brilliantly placed onstage on a moving set piece) and five singer/actors who bring stories to life one after another through uninterrupted songs.

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