Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Delgado

By: Nick Ducote

Thursday, Feb. 13, the Delgado Theatre Department shows its first musical of the semester, Ain’t Misbehavin’.  The musical is based on the Harlem Renaissance, and the musicians surrounding its boom during the 1920’s and 30’s.  Written and composed by legendary musician Fats Waller, the play gives a jazzy upbeat flash of characters, itching for some dance and booze.

Set in swinging bars and speakeasy’s, the musical gives the audience a ton of great dance numbers to follow the story with. Drowning in sex, emotion, and humor, is what Waller does best.  His music and writing fits perfectly with the Roaring Twenties. Songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin” provide a great perception of the era.

Directed by Delgado Professor, Tim Baker, the staff also includes Herbert Benjamin, Farrell Matthews, Whitney Mixon, Tiona Thompson, and Demetrius Wesley.  The actors are amazing and fit their characters perfectly.  The lighting design is illuminated by Tom Dawson, and the costume design is done by Veronica Russell.

If you are in a pickle with time to see the play, then don’t worry. The play will run for two-consecutive weeks. The official days are Thursday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 16, and also Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 23.

The play is at the Delgado Drama Hall on Delgado’s City Park Campus, Room 615 on the third floor.  Curtain times for all of the performances are at 8:00 p.m.   Sunday performances are at 3:00 p.m., though.  The general admission tickets are $14, while Delgado students, faculty and staff are treated to $12.  For any additional information  or reservations please call 504-671-6360.


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