Concerts

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Harlem Swing
Badminton Theater |

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Harlem Swing) is set in a Harlem jazz club, during the Roaring 20s.  Two men and three women flirt, sing, and dance ’til dawn to the swinging rhythms of Fats Waller (“This joint is jumpin'”).  The legendary stride pianist comes to life on stage, accompanied by a smokin’ band of 6 jazz musicians.  Together with Broadway performers they form a joyous and rambunctious musical sensation!
The larger than life Fats Waller, one of the greatest pianists and composers of the Harlem Renaissance, was also a talented comedian and a man of large appetites, as attested by his rotund waistline, hence the nickname “Fats”.  His music alternates frenzy (“Handful of Keys”) and sophistication (“Ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do”), with amazing creativity and wit.  The greatest jazzmen have recognized his influence and importance.  And after jazz’s evolution during the 40s and 50s, musical styles as diverse as Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues, and even white Country music have shown the influence of Fats Waller and black jazz, the music that started it all.
In Ain’t Misbehavin (Harlem Swing), the richness of the songs conjures up an all night party (“Spreading Rhythm Around”), and the passions of the participants during a devilish night of jitterbug, swing, and seduction to the dizzying rhythm of “How Ya Baby” a couple lets loose in a disjointed dance with the energetic style of the black dances of the time: the shimmy, the chicken scratch, the monkey slide, the buzzard lope.  The lyrics are full of double entendre that would make Mae West blush (Honeysuckle Rose), and one feels immediately drawn into their witty erotic games! Each song is a mini-musical in itself.  During the night a woman falls in love (“I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling”), another gives advice on how to satisfy a man (“Find Out What They Like”), and the third one promises to stay true (“Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now”).  And the merry-go-round continues.  In the wee hours, solitude and Blues emerge (“Black and Blue”).  But the party picks up again, and each performer imitating an instrument, plays an irresistible jam session which peaks with false promises of faithfulness in “Ain’t Misbehavin'”.
On Broadway, the music and songs of Fats Waller resurrected a whole era: the frenetic gaiety without illusions, between the two World Wars, just before the Great Depression, and the question without an answer (lyrics by Andy Razaf) which is the base of all the Blues: “What did I do to be so black and blue?”

source: official website

Yvette Monique(Hairspray, Crowns, Chicago) Grammy nomiee Patricia Covington, Milton Nealy (Dreamgirls, The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles), Rebecca Covington (Mamma Mia, Thoroughly Modern Millie),and the TV star Wayne Pretlow (The Good Wife, Law & Order), along with many singers and dancers

17 – 22 January 2012

Olympic Properties

Alsos Stratou,  GOUDI

nearest metro station: Katehaki

tel: (+30) 211 10 100 00
fax: (+30) 211 10 100 55
e-mail: info@badmintontheater.gr

on-line tickets: ticketnet.gr

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