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Ain't Misbehavin'
a Musical Revue
CATEGORY :
by Music of Fats Waller

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 856

SHOWING : March 05, 2004 - March 28, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Fats Waller, the soul of Harlem Swing in the '30s, is evoked in this rollicking, finger-snapping revue. Not quite a biography, the inimitable original "Fats" is nonetheless a constant presence with the satiric, the sultry and sometimes the suggestive songs that he made so famous. Unforgettable. Songs include: "Tain't Nobody's Business," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Keepin Out of Mischief," as well as the title song.


CAST & CREW LIST
Production Manager Courtney Loner
Director/Choreographer Robert Egizio
Sound Design Dan Bauman
Lighting Design Amy Humes Lee
Costumer Heather Sauls
Musical Director Linda Uzelac
Set Design Chuck Welcome
Cast Summer Bergeron
Cast Heather Denson
Cast Vince Poole
Cast Ken Robinson
Cast Melissa Youngblood
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Terrific Cabaret-style Theatre
by JohnnyReb
Friday, March 26, 2004
4.0
While I usually do not "gush" about many productions, Stage Door Player's latest production, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', is certainly worth a flow of rave comments.

Four of five performers (I'm being diplomatic here) are simply first-rate and deliver each Fats Waller composition with style, intelligence and creativity. The singular voices mostly are both powerful and sensitive--the caveat being one performer who needs to work on her diction and perhaps some phrasing. Dance-wise, the cast makes hearty attempts at some nicely showy steps. However, this is primarily a singing show, and the cast is far more adept here than at complicated movement.

Standouts include Ken Robinson's rich voice and performance, both of which grew even stronger as the night wore on. Melissa Youngblood also sparkled in every number she performed--here's hoping her recent move from Florida is a permanent one for Atlanta audiences.

A big KUDOS to director/choreographer Robert Egizio and musical director Linda Uzelac--both of whom are among the Atlanta area's top creative talents. The staging is inventive and interesting. The choral singing--all intricate, five-part harmonies--is superb, possibly better than any individual solo. Even the opening of the set revealing a Cotton Club-esque saloon and bandstand received warm applause on its own!

I have no hesitation in recommending this production to anyone hungry for some great music and some fine entertainment. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
In agreement with JohnnyReb by Okely Dokely
I agree with JohnnyReb about Robert and Linda's respective directing and MDing abilities. I love everything Linda does, and if you've read at least some of my past reviews, you know how I feel about Robert. When you put the two of them together, they can do no wrong - or very little wrong, at least. I regret that I didn't get to see this (what a crazy schedule we actors have), but I have no doubt that it was fabulous due to who was at the helm. To Robert and Linda: sorry I couldn't be there for it this time around, but I'll catch the next one. I'll be seeing one of you very very soon...


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