NEWS: Tyrone Huntley to Direct Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse

Tyrone Huntley will make his directorial debut presenting a new  production of the musical which will play at the Southwark Playhouse  later this year. 

It has been announced that a brand new production of Ain’ Misbehavin’ will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 19th April, following its premiere at the  Mercury Theatre Colchester from the 15th March.

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan.

Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

The production is set to be directed by Tyrone Huntley, making his directorial debut. He is best known for his acclaimed performance  as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and received an Olivier Award nomination. Tyrone is soon to appear in Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith with other performing crediting including Angry (Southwark Playhouse) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Meanwhile, the musical is set to be choreographed by Oti Mabuse – making her debut as a theatre choreographer. Oti is best known for being a professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015. She is also an eight-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. Oti is currently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ originally premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was later followed by revivals at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995.

The musical is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott. Casting and further creative team details will be announced soon.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 19th  April until the 1st June. 

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