Theatre Information

Ambassador Theatre (New York, NY)
219 W. 49th St.
Based on an idea by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz

A revue based on compositions and/or hits of "Fats" Waller.



Barter's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Raises Money For BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2018

The acclaimed Cast of Aint Misbehavin' at Barter Theatre in Abingdon Virginia has raised over $12,000.00 for BC/EFA. (more...)

Photo Flash: Definition Theatre Company Opens its 2018-2019 Season with NO CHILD...
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2018

Definition Theatre Company opens its 2018-2019 season with No Child… by Nilaja Sun and directed by Chika Ike. No Child... will run from August 31 - September 23, 2018, with a press opening on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30pm. Definition Theatre Company presents its 2018-2019 season in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens as part of its Resident Theater Company program. Tickets for No Child… are on sale and can be purchased online at victorygardens.org or by calling 773.871.3000. Victory Gardens Theater is located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

BWW Review: If you AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Toby's, Why Not?
by Cybele Pomeroy - Sep 28, 2018

Are you looking for a rollicking good cabaret show and a hearty meal? Are you in the mood for a musical history lesson? How about both? Toby's in Columbia presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN,' The Fats Waller Musical Show through November 4th, and you should sit right down and buy yourself a ticket. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 24, 2018
by - Sep 24, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Portland Center Stage's THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2018-2019 season launches with the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, adapted from Alice Walker's classic novel about the sisterhood, resilience and self-empowerment found in a community of black women living in rural Georgia in the early 20th century. The Color Purple begins preview performances on September 15, opens on September 21, and runs through October 28 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Timothy Douglas directs the production, joined by music director Darius Smith, who will bring the Grammy Award-winning score to life. (more...)

Alhambra Announces 2019 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

In August of 2009, the then-named Alhambra Dinner Theatre was all but shuttered and on the edge of extinction. In came Jacksonville native Craig Smith and his business partners to purchase the nation's longest-running dinner theater and return the community's cultural gem to glory. (more...)

Clocktower Players Presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2018

You're stressed, I'm stressed, and who knows what scary news the future might bring. OK, everyone, time for a Fats Waller break. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 12, 2018
by - Sep 12, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 12 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Coverage: 40th Anniversary of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Celebrated at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 10, 2018

Richard Maltby, Jr. the original director and director of last night's sensational celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ain't Missbehvin' : The Music Of Fats Waller said it best when he explained the trajectory of the 1978 production…..'Jan 1 1978 we went into rehearsal with a stack of sheet music, a company of wonderful actors, who turned out to be 5 good ideas….Feb 1st we opened, March 1st we closed, April 1st we started rehearsals for Broadway, May 1st we opened on Broadway, and June 1st we won the Tony Award for Best Musical. I thought, well that's the way Broadway is! (more...)

Tightpants And Tears Of Joy: My Love Affair With Tom Jones And Neil Diamond Will Have Return Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

After 3 sold out shows in the spring Singer, Helane Blumfield, returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on November 7th at 7pm with her show, 'Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!' (more...)


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Santino Fontana Joins the Cast of 92Y's 'Lyrics & Lyricists'
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

92Y announces more cast names and new creative team members for Lyrics & Lyricists 2019. Under the helm of L&L producer Ted Chapin, the series brings artists from theater and beyond to present original revues featuring award-winning Broadway and cabaret performers illuminating the American Songbook. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 13, 2018
by - Nov 13, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At MASTERPIECES OF THE ORAL AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY At Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Signature Theatre presents world premiere of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by DC playwright Heather McDonald (Broadway's An Almost Holy Picture, Signature's Available Light). The production is directed by Australian film and theater director Nadia Tass (Malcolm, Matching Jack) and features Holly Twyford(Signature's A Little Night Music, Sex with Strangers) as Layla, Felicia Curry (Signature's The Scottsboro Boys, Arena's Nina Simone: Four Women) as Mitra, and Yesenia Iglesias (Folger's Love's Labor's Lost, Ford's A Christmas Carol) as Nadia. Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity runs from February 26 through April 7 in Signature Theatre's ARK Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Merrick Theatre & Center For The Arts
by Anthony Hazzard & Scott Stolzenberg - Mar 6, 2019

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Photo Flash: Chatting With Director Andre De Shields In The SOPHISTICATED LADIES Rehearsal Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019

Crossroads Theatre Company and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) are presenting a co-production of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies at NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark, Thursday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24, 2019. Click here to purchase tickets. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley Presents MARIE AND ROSETTA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the West Coast premiere of the roof-raising musical play Marie and Rosetta. Developed at TheatreWorks' 2015 New Works Festival by Lucille Lortel Award-winner George Brant, Marie and Rosetta shares the saga of a musical legend. From stirring up churchgoers in the morning to rocking the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe inspired Elvis, Ray Charles, and more on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Growing competition on the 1940s Gospel Circuit finds Rosetta auditioning a new partner with a voice made from heaven. Will they break, blend, or find harmony at last? Directed by Robert Kelley,  (more...)

VIDEO: Go Backstage With N'Kenge at SOPHISTICATED LADIES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 23, 2019

Symphony Siren and Broadway Diva N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical and Sondheim and Sondheim), is currently in Sophisticated Ladies, directed by Emmy Award Winner and multiple Tony Award Nominee Andre De Shields with choreography by Kimberly Schafer alongside other Broadway veterans and young stars. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - March 22, 2019
by - Mar 22, 2019

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on March 22 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Mercury Theatre Colchester
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019

First production images are released today of Ain't Misbehavin' - now playing at Mercury Theatre Colchester until Saturday 30 March. The production then transfers to Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19 April to Saturday 1 June, as the first London revival in almost 25 years. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce its 25th Anniversary season that includes the 2019 - 2020 Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway productions.. Porchlight's Mainstage and Porchlight Revisits return to the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside the Sondheim Award Gala Honoring Audra McDonald
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

On March 4, 2019, Audra McDonald received Signature's tenth Stephen Sondheim Award at a black-tie Gala Benefit at theEmbassy of Italy. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America's most influential musical theater writer and composer, benefits Signature's artistic, education and community programs. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatre By The Sea Presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in Ain't Misbehavin', the three-time Tony ® Award-winning musical revue. Join five sensational performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas 'Fats' Waller. (more...)

Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew For GYPSY, A MUSICAL FABLE Starring E. Faye Butler
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Baltimore (more...)

Totem Pole Playhouse Presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Totem Pole Playhouse, America's beloved summer theatre, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, PA, will present the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' beginning this Sunday, June 17th through July 1st. The show features the music of acclaimed American Jazz pianist, singer, and composer Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller and contains such classic songs as "Honeysuckle Rose," "The Joint is Jumpin'," "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," plus 25 other toe-tapping songs of the 1920s and 30s. Aint' Misbehavin' won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, as well as a 1982 Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical or Variety Program. This is the first time this award-winning musical has ever been presented at Totem Pole Playhouse. Ain't Misbehavin' features a cast of five vocalists with a live jazz band on stage throughout the two-hour show. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 7/20/2018
by BWW - Jul 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/20/2018 for Miami (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Go 'Behind the Curtain' with Tony Winner John Lee Beatty
by Behind the Curtain - Jul 17, 2018

One of Broadway's busiest and most respected set designers, Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, swings by Shetler Studios to sit down with Rob and Kevin and review his portfolio which includes over 100 Broadway credits including the set designs for Ain't Misbehavin, Talley's Folly, Baby, The Most Happy Fella, Chicago, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, and so many shows over at Encores! (more...)

VIDEO: Signature Theatre Presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show directed by Signature Theatre's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature's The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Signature's The Scottsboro Boys, Jelly's Last Jam). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look At AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show directed by Signature Theatre's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature's The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) and choreographed by Jared Grimes (Signature's The Scottsboro Boys, Jelly's Last Jam). Signature's MAX Theatre will be converted into a 1930s Harlem night club for this tribute to the music of Thomas "Fats" Waller. This Tony Award®-winning musical includes the beloved tunes "The Joint is Jumpin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Handful of Keys" and more. Ain't Misbehavin'runs from January 23 - March 10, 2019. (more...)

The Winter Park Playhouse Presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019

The Winter Park Playhouse continues its series of professional musicals into the new year with their production of Ain't Misbehavin'. The show features a score of songs made famous by the iconic Fats Waller and runs January 25 through February 23 , 2019.  Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Saturday matinee performances at 2 p.m. and select Friday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.    (more...)

VIDEO: In Rehearsal For AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Signature Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2019

Go inside the rehearsal room with the incredible cast of Ain't Misbehavin' at Signature Theatre. Performances begin January 23. (more...)

The Weekend Theater Brings AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' to Arkansas Next Month!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

The Weekend Theater will present the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' beginning Friday, February 15 through March 3. (more...)

Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew Of Porchlight Revisits CAN CAN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre continues its "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Can-Can, music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Abe Burrows with direction by Adrian Abel Azevedo, musical direction by Linda Madonia and choreography by Shanna VanDerwerker.  Porchlight Revisits Can-Can is presented for three performances-only Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and  7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Two-show discounted subscriptions and single tickets for $37 are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

Tyrone Huntley and Oti Mabuse Bring AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' back to London at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2019

Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company are delighted to announce a brand-new production of Ain't Misbehavin' - the first London revival in almost 25 years - playing at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19 April to Saturday 1 June, following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 - Saturday 30 March. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 1, 2019
by - Jan 1, 2019

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 1 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by Kathryn Kitt - Feb 6, 2019

Back in the early '80s, when artists like Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson were all the rage, I was burning through my cassette tape of a musical that my father suggested I give a listen. It was a musical conceived in 1978 called 'Ain't Misbehavin.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sarah Hammond, Shaina Taub, and Charlie Sohne Honored With 2019 Kleban Prize For Musical Theatre
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Feb 5, 2019

The annual KLEBAN PRIZE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE presentation took place Monday, February 4 at ASCAP, 250 W. 57th Street. Broadway's legendary musical theater creators and up-and-comers alike, came out to honor this year's three prize winners, perform some of their material, and present the prizes at a reception hosted by ASCAP and BMI. (more...)

The Circuit Playhouse, Inc Announces 51st Season; THE HUMANS, HEAD OVER HEELS, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

The Circuit Playhouse, Inc., parent company to The Circuit Playhouse, TheatreWorks, and Playhouse on the Square in celebration of 50 years in operation, proudly release their 2019-2020 performance calendar! (more...)

Casting Announced For AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Mercury Theatre Colchester And Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company have announced casting for their brand-new production of Ain't Misbehavin' - the first London revival in almost 25 years - playing at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19 April to Saturday 1 June, following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 - Saturday 30 March. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 1, 2019

It's hard to believe that it's been over 40 years now since a little revue that started at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club took Broadway by storm. The show was Ain't Misbehavin' and if you didn't know who composer Thomas “Fats” Waller was before, you did after seeing this show. It also made Nell Carter a star and garnered her a television series called Gimme a Break. Besides Carter the cast was comprised of Charlaine Woodard, Armelia McQueen, Andre De Shields, and Ken Page. When the original cast returned for a Broadway revival of the show in the 80's, Nell Carter received star billing even though the show is truly an ensemble piece. Ah, the power of television. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laguna Playhouse Presents Lythgoe Family Panto BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE.  
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard and Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) are thrilled to present Ashley Argota ('True Jackson VP,' 'Lab Rats'), Thomas Hobson (Ain't Misbehavin', Recorded in Hollywood), Heath Calvert (Amelie, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Riley Costello ('Hairspray Live,' Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate's Christmas), Andrews Barnicle (Twelve Angry Men,  Fallen Angels), Roland Rusinek (The Phantom of the Opera) and David Engel (Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, La Cage Aux Folles) in Lythgoe Family Panto's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE.   (more...)

The Weekend Theater Brings AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' to Arkansas in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2018

Ain't Misbehavin' is a tribute to the black musicians of the 20s and 30s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride. (more...)

Signature Theatre Names Cast and Creative of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the full cast and creative team for Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show (more...)

TIGHT PANTS AND TEARS OF JOY: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH TOM JONES AND NEIL DIAMOND Returns to the Laurie Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

After 4 sold out shows, Helane Blumfield, returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre on January 17th at 7pm with her Broadway World nom- inated show 'Tight Pants And Tears Of Joy, My love affair with Tom Jones and Neil Diamond!' benefiting *SINGNASIUM and its Scholarship Program. (more...)

Richard Maltby Jr Set To Direct AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Anniversary Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

Ain't Misbehavin', the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical that celebrated the music of American composer Fats Waller, will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, August 12th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

Charlayne Woodard Joins 40th Anniversary Concert Of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2018

Charlayne Woodard (FX's Pose, ER) who starred in the original Ain't Misbehavin', the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical that celebrated the music of American composer Fats Waller, has joined the show's 40th-anniversary celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, September 9th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 15, 2018
by - Aug 15, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Andre DeShields, Ken Page, Frenchie Davis Join AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' 40th Anniversary Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

Andre DeShields (The Full Monty, The Wiz) and Ken Page (Cats, The Nightmare Before Christmas), who starred in the original Ain't Misbehavin', the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical that celebrated the music of American composer Fats Waller, have joined the show's 40th-anniversary celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below on Sunday, September 9th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. (more...)

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Comes to the Barter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

Barter Theatre is excited to present The "Fats" Waller Musical Show "Ain't Misbehavin'" running from August 17 through September 8. Take this incredible journey as audiences follow "Fats" Waller's music to the golden age of the Cotton Club. Enjoy an evening with rowdy and humorous songs that take you back in time to the Harlem Renaissance to a view of life that's meant for pleasure and play. (more...)

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