The "Ain't Misbehavin'" cast (pictured left to…
Step back into the age of dapper flappers and kings of swing: In celebration of Black History Month, Porchlight Music Theatre transports audiences to the 1920s and '30s Harlem Renaissance with “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The 1978 Tony Award-winning musical features sassy, sultry and humorous songs made famous by 1920s composer-performer Fats Waller, reflecting the emotions and experiences of African-American artists during this era of exploding creativity, social change and pride.
Porchlight’s production, directed by Brenda Didier, recreates the heartbeat of Jazz Age Harlem—where music ruled along Lenox Avenue in dive piano bars and high-society night spots including the Savoy Ballroom and the Cotton Club—with a live, five-piece band and a cast of five local actors. We checked with them to find out more about their roles in the show, how they personally like to misbehave and more.
Go: 8 p.m. Saturday through March 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets: $30-$43.50. 773-327-5252; porchlightmusictheatre.org
How did you get your start singing?
"My sister and I were latchkey kids and needed to keep ourselves occupied. We used to harmonize together and make up songs about God knows what!" —Robin DaSilva
What's your favorite number in the show?
"The 'Lounging at The Waldorf' number. I truly love the composition, the lyrics, the staging, the voices and, of course, the comedy! On top of all of that, it’s such a historical piece. It speaks volumes on African-American performers of the time." —Donterrio Johnson
How do you like to misbehave?
"A nice whiskey neat in a dimly lit bar ... does that sound shady? Oh, well." —Sharriese Hamilton
How does your character in "Ain’t Misbehavin'" represent The Jazz Age?
"Being a successful artist of the time—someone willing to do what it takes to be recognized by white and black races. She represents sex appeal, attention, status, strength and a longing for love." —Lina Wass
What's your favorite part about the period clothing you wear for the show?
"Because I look so damn sexy in suits. I am a tailor's dream. Plus, the hats give you so much to play with on stage." —Lorenzo Rush Jr.
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