Ain't Misbehavin' | North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre | Stage | Indy Week
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Ain't Misbehavin' 

When: Fri., March 9, 8 p.m., Sat., March 10, 8 p.m., Sun., March 11, 3 p.m., Fri., March 16, 8 p.m., Sat., March 17, 8 p.m., Sun., March 18, 3 p.m., Thu., March 22, 8 p.m., Fri., March 23, 8 p.m., Sat., March 24, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 25, 3 p.m. 2018
Price: $17-$20

The Harlem Renaissance jazz pianist Thomas "Fats" Waller was larger than life: "Mama Waller's 285 pounds of jam, jive, and everything," he called himself on an early phonograph recording of the song that gives this Tony-winning 1978 musical revue its title. On stage and in films like MGM's Stormy Weather, Waller affected the persona of a mischievous, derby-sporting man about town, delivering arch repartee and song lyrics at an upright piano. His innovations as a composer took stride piano uptown in lesser-known works such as "African Ripples" and his musical Early to Bed. At NRACT, a quintet of musicians sells the sophisticated sizzle of Waller's greatest hits in a late-night club. Liz Grimes Droessler saw enough good auditions to cast the show twice, with a "blue" cast including Aya Wallace and Juan Isler and a "green" cast featuring Babs Watson and Stan Williams in alternating performances. —Byron Woods



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