Friday, January 11

Full casting announced AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Colchester Mercury and Southwark Playhouse directed by Tyrone Huntley

Updated 14th February: Full casting has just been announced: it will feature Adrian Hansel as André, Renée Lamb as Armelia, Carly Mercedes-Dyer as Charlaine, Landi Oshinowo as Nell and Wayne Robinson as Ken.
  • Adrian Hansel originated the role of Seaweed in the West End production of Hairspray, with other credits including Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre. 
  • Renée Lamb played Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Catherine of Aragon in the original London cast of Six at the Arts Theatre. 
  • Carly Mercedes-Dyer was recently seen in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, with other credits including The Lorax at The Old Vic and Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. 
Landi Oshinowo recently appeared in Big Fish at The Other Palace, with West End credits including Shrek the Musical and Sister Act.
  •  Wayne Robinson returns to Southwark Playhouse having played Benny in In The Heights. He was most recently seen as Jagwire in Bat Out of Hell.

Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company are presenting The FATS WALLER Musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN' at  Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19th April- Saturday 1st June 2019 following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 – Saturday 30 March.  Tickets are on sale now.

The show  will be directed by Tyrone Huntley, who  is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Oti Mabuse, making her debut as a theatre choreographer. She is  known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, aND  is also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. sHE  is currently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan. Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing. It  first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995. This new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott. Casting and further creative team details are to be announced.

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