The black theater troupe concludes its season with the catchy musical tribute to the days of the Cotton Club and the Savoy, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL, from March 25 to April 10, 2022 at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034.
Tickets for AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ are $44 and are on sale at blacktheatretroupe.org or by calling 602-258-8128.
The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the heyday of the Cotton Club and this new swing music. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original and his musical gift to the world. His career spanned from uptown clubs to downtown Hollywood’s Tin Pan Alley and concert stages in the United States, Canada and Europe. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ will delight and energize audiences and provide insight into a vibrant era in American history and music.
Directed by Walter Belcher, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ features Frederick Alphonso as ‘Andre’, Cherylandria Banks as ‘Armelia’, Shaniece Brazwell as ‘Charlaine’, Ronda Felton as ‘Nell’ and Trevell McElwee-Chappell as ‘Ken’. Brenda Hankins is musical director.
Valley resident Ronda Felton will make her first appearance with the Black Theater Troupe, having appeared last year as a contestant on American Idol. Felton had worked with several youth theaters in the Valley and, on a whim, had applied to American Idol while working at Einstein’s Bagels in Phoenix. Her successful audition in October 2020 led to her performing on the show, which aired nationally in February 2021. Felton will make her professional theater debut when she stars as “Nell” in AIN ‘T MISBHEAVIN’.
The powerhouse cast of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ also includes Frederick Alphonso, who last appeared with BTT in its 2018/19 season as ‘Tin Man’ in the musical The Wiz, as well as ‘Rudy Clay’ in drama, And In This Corner, Cassius Clay.
Audiences will remember Cherylandria Banks who opened the Black Theater Troupe’s 2021/22 season with her stellar rendition of “Dr. Simone” in Sistas The Musical. Banks, along with Shaniece Brazwell and Trevell McElwee-Chappell also appeared on stage with the Black Theater Troupe in several Black Nativity productions.
For more information on Black Theater Troupe and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ visit blacktheatretroupe.org. I??