Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard and Richard Maltby, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Multimedia: André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard, Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Zurin Villanueva, Tony Perry, Frenchie Davis and Cynthia Thomas in 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’: THE MUSIC OF FATS WALLER

Music, Performances, Photography, Theater

Feinstein’s/54 Below celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Tony Award winning musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ with two performances of 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’: THE MUSIC OF FATS WALLER, directed by its original Tony Award-winning director, Richard Maltby, Jr. on September 9.

1st Row: William McDaniel, Bejamin Nissen, Robert W. Schneider. 2nd Row: Tyrone Davis Jr., Andre De Shields, Richard Maltby,Jr., Murray Horwitz, Frenchie Davis, Ken Page, Johmaalya Adelekan, Charlayne Woodard, Tony Perry, Rheaume Crenshaw, Cynthia Thomas and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

1st Row: William McDaniel, Bejamin Nissen, Robert W. Schneider.
2nd Row: Tyrone Davis Jr., Andre De Shields, Richard Maltby,Jr., Murray Horwitz, Frenchie Davis, Ken Page, Johmaalya Adelekan, Charlayne Woodard, Tony Perry, Rheaume Crenshaw, Cynthia Thomas and Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Lia Chang

The electrifying evening featured cast members from the Broadway company – two-Tony nominee André De Shields (The Full Monty, The Wiz, Play On), Ken Page (Cats, The Nightmare Before Christmas). and Charlayne Woodard (FX’s “Pose”).  Frenchie Davis (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Thomas (Ain’t Misbehavin’) sang songs originated by Nell Carter and Armelia McQueen respectively.

Ken Page, Andre De Shields, Charlayne Woodard, William McDaniel, Cynthia Thomas and Frenchie Davis. Photo by Lia Chang

Ken Page, Andre De Shields, Charlayne Woodard, William McDaniel, Cynthia Thomas and Frenchie Davis. Photo by Lia Chang

Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard and Richard Maltby, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard and Richard Maltby, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

The show also featured members of the Crossroads Theatre Company production of the musical helmed by Mr. De Shields in 2011, including Johmaalya Adelekan (Ragtime), Rheaume Crenshaw (Groundhog Day), Tyrone Davis Jr (Waitress), and Zurin Villanueva (Mean Girls), who were joined by Tony Perry.

Tyrone Davis Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva Tony Perry, Marshall Jones III. Photo by Lia Chang

Tyrone Davis Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva Tony Perry, Marshall Jones III. Photo by Lia Chang

Tyrone Davis Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva Tony Perry, Marshall Jones III. Photo by Lia Chang

Tyrone Davis Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villanueva Tony Perry, Marshall Jones III. Photo by Lia Chang

Receiving five Tony Award nominations, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ opened at the Longacre Theater in 1978 and played 1600 performances. The original company featured Nell Carter, André De Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page, and Charlayne Woodard. The show was choreographed by Arthur Faria and featured arrangements by Luther Henderson. The show was conceived by Mr. Maltby and Murray Horwitz. A revival of the show hit Broadway in 1988.

Produced by Robert W. Schneider with associate producer Benjamin Nissen, 54 SINGS AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ featured music direction by William McDaniel.

Murray Horwitz, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Ken Page, Johmaalya Adelekan, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr., Cynthia Thomas, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Marshall Jones III and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Murray Horwitz, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Ken Page, Johmaalya Adelekan, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr., Cynthia Thomas, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Marshall Jones III and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Check out the set list below:

Opening voiceover and record: “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Looking Good,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Tyrone Davis, Jr. and Tony Perry

“Honey Suckle Rose” – Ken Page and Frenchie Davis

“Handful of Keys” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villaneuva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villeneuva, Tony Perry. Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villeneuva, Tony Perry. Photo by Lia Chang

“Squeeze Me” – Cynthia Thomas

“Jitterbug Waltz” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villaneuva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tony Perry, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villeneuva and Tyrone Davis, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tony Perry, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villeneuva and Tyrone Davis, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

“Cash for Trash” – Frenchie Davis

“The Joint is Jumpin'” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin  Villanueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

Johmaalya Adelekan, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr. and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr. and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

“Feet’s Too Big” – Ken Page

Ken Page. Photo by Lia Chang

Ken Page. Photo by Lia Chang

“Mean to Me” – Frenchie Davis

“Spreadin’ Rhythm” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Zurin Villeneuva and Tony Perry. Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Zurin Villeneuva and Tony Perry. Photo by Lia Chang

“Lounging at Waldorf” – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

William McDaniel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villeneuva. Photo by Lia Chang

William McDaniel, Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Zurin Villeneuva. Photo by Lia Chang

“The Viper’s Drag”- André De Shields, Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

“Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now”- Charlayne Woodard

“Find Out What They Like” – Frenchie Davis and Cynthia Thomas

“Fat and Greasy” – André De Shields and Ken Page

Black and Blue

Johmaalya Adelekan, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr. and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Tony Perry, Zurin Villenueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr. and Rheaume Crenshaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Finale – Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Tony Perry

Click here for Marilyn Lester’s Cabaretscenes.org review.

Post-Show

Cynthia Thomas, Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Ann Dubin, Mrs. Horwitz, Alex Horwitz, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ken Page. Photo by Lia Chang

Cynthia Thomas, Murray Horwitz, André De Shields, Ann Dubin, Mrs. Horwitz, Alex Horwitz, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ken Page. Photo by Lia Chang

Leslie Odom, Jr. Nicolette Robinson and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Leslie Odom, Jr. Nicolette Robinson and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Leslie Odom, Jr., Charlayne Woodard and Nicolette Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Leslie Odom, Jr., Charlayne Woodard and Nicolette Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Taylor Mac, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Nicolette Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Taylor Mac, Charlayne Woodard, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Nicolette Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Lynn Ahrens, Cynthia Thomas and Tyrone Davis, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Lynn Ahrens, Cynthia Thomas and Tyrone Davis, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang, Murray Horwitz, Lori Tan Chinn, André De Shields, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang, Murray Horwitz, Lori Tan Chinn, André De Shields, Zurin Villanueva. Photo by Garth Kravits

André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, and Patrick Page Set for London Production of Broadway-Bound HADESTOWN, November 2 – January 26 

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films with Garth Kravits, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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