Ain't Misbehavin' 

When: Thursdays, 12 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 5
Price: $25-60

Ain't Misbehavin' at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre

It’s been 10 years since Tennessee Repertory Theatre produced its excellent version of this revue inspired by the ragtime, pop and blues created by African-American musicians in the 1920s and ’30s. Specifically, it’s the spirit and jumbo-sized talent of songwriter/pianist Fats Waller that drives this Tony Award-winning entertainment, which celebrates the lively culture and renewed pride of the Harlem Renaissance. One thing’s for sure: It’s a tune-heavy undertaking, and it requires good singers who can work it with style, sass and humor — and not let the amount of material tax their audience. The score is a melange of approximately 30 songs the masterful Waller either composed or was identified with as a performer, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do,” and the classic torcher “Mean to Me.” The book — such as it is — is by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. Tasked with keeping the many numbers moving is director Martha Wilkinson, assisted by choreographer Pam Atha, with Jaclyn Brown as musical director. The cast includes Ashley Diggs, DeVon Buchanan, Julia Nettles, Patrick James and Kim Nygren. MARTIN BRADY


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