Coronado Playhouse presents “Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show”, a jazzy good time!

Coronado Playhouse East jazzed up to present Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show in San Diego County! Throughout its run falls Black Music Month (June), International Jazz Day, Fats Waller’s birthday, and the newly cemented national holiday, Juneteenth. An appropriate musical to commemorate many feast days!

The Tony Award-winning musical (1978) is titled after jazz phenom, Fats Waller, a sort of enigma from the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance. He performed alongside other jazz age icons, such as Lena Horne, was kidnapped and forced to play for Al Capone, known for his loud personality on and off stage, and celebrated for his expertise in stride piano playing – a difficult technique in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a chord played an octave or more higher. “Ain’t Misbehavin'” is arguably the musician’s most popular track, earning Waller posthumous Grammy achievements, induction into multiple halls of fame, and inclusion in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Music. Congress. Waller was the type of composer we surely recognize in the sound, but would be hard pressed to name him.

The Coronado Playhouse production of Is not it Bad behaviour will elevate the talent of Fats Waller, as well as other artists who often have to work a little harder to reach center stage. The featured community partner for this performance is the San Diego Black Artist Collective, a new nonprofit organization working to create a more equitable theatrical landscape throughout San Diego County. Coronado Playhouse also reached out to several black-owned organizations for cross-promotion and to help elevate other arts organizations in the community.

Don’t misbehave is directed by Spencer John Powell (artistic director and co-owner) and co-produced by Mickey Mounarath (commercial director) of Visionary Dance Theater in East County. Both artists have extensive experience performing and directing numerous productions, including several original works, and have danced across the country with other companies. It’s this expertise that will guide a thrilling yet thought-provoking piece highlighting the trials and triumphs of the title character through his big band numbers and powerful ballads. The cast is small, especially for a musical, with seven principals including Ed Wortham portraying Fats Waller, flanked by two additional dancers; but the cast is powerful, already filling the rehearsal rooms with massive harmonies, riffs and vibrato. As we enter the first pandemic summer with the fewest COVID restrictions and protocol yet, this show is sure to usher in a season of joy and excitement for music and theater lovers.

Is not it Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show will perform from May 20 to June 19; Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.


  • Single tickets: Thursday $24, Friday $27, Saturday $30, Sunday $27
  • Discounts of $12.50 to $28 for active duty military, students and seniors.
  • Group discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. (Price will automatically adjust when 8 or more adult tickets are purchased together. Group rates apply to adult ticket price only).
Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118

About Coronado Playhouse
Coronado’s oldest arts organization, Coronado Playhouse, is the oldest community theater in San Diego County and, according to the LA Times, is the oldest performing arts venue on the West Coast. the company is currently thriving in its 76th season. The intimate, 100-seat, cabaret-style theater overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the Coronado Community Center. The venue opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art amenities and a full-service bar. Season subscribers can reserve tables a year in advance for each show. Coronado Playhouse proudly stands among the best in San Diego’s community theater world and constantly strives for excellence in its productions. The Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality entertainment, with a mix of classic and modern comedies, dramas and mysteries, dazzling musicals, colorful free classics, theater for young audiences, concerts and cabarets. These programs, along with our educational activities, acting classes and other community events, are only possible because of your continued support and charitable donations. They diligently strive to select diverse creative and production teams who will deliver intelligent and enlightening productions to CPH audiences. (
Community Partner – San Diego Black Artist Collective
The mission of the San Diego Black Artist Collective is to facilitate a base of support and resources that provides a sense of community, a haven, and a sanctuary for artist development. They are committed to supporting black artists in San Diego, producing work that is unapologetic, authentic, and healing the black experience across the diaspora. During its short existence, The Collective has worked to help produce works in partnership with other San Diego County theaters, providing consulting support, casting assistance, and commissioned works from artists. blacks in our community. The collective has alongside La Jolla Playhouse, New Village Arts, and recently completed a residency at The Old Globe. The Collective supports members by disseminating information about staffing and audition opportunities, as well as workshops to attend, as well as helping to support audience engagement by sharing ticketing opportunities for people involved receive reduced or free tickets for other theater companies. (