The Tony Award winning Ain’t Misbehavin’ recently wrapped up a sold out six week run at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin.” The classic musical originally opened on Broadway in 1978, and closed on February 21, 1982, after 1604 performances and fourteen previews.
Five talented performers delivered an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulated the various moods of the era and reflected Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.
The dinner theater was packed to capacity as concert goers enjoyed a three course meal prepared by Chef DeJuan Roy. Theater goers loudly fellowshipped before and during intermission bragging on the shows soundtrack and culture that is often imitated in today’s musicals sounds.
“My mother played these songs when I was a little girl and teenager. Mother always wanted us to dance with her and do the shimmy and throw that index finger to the sky,” said guest Elaine Randolph.