First Look at…Ain’t Misbehavin’

Production images have been released for Tyrone Huntley’s production, currently playing at the Mercury Theatre Colchester before its London run at the Southwark Playhouse.

(c) Pamela Raith

Now playing at the Mercury Theatre Colchester until the 30th March, Ain’t Misbehavin’ will transfer to London’s Southwark Playhouse from the 19th April – the first London revival of the musical in almost twenty five years.

(c)Pamela Raith

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

Meanwhile, the production is choreographed by Oti Mabuse, making her debut as a theatre choreographer. Best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, Otiis also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. Oti was most recently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

(c)Pamela Raith

The cast for the production includes: Adrian Hansel, Renée Lamb, Carly Mercedes-Dyer, Landi Oshinowo and Wayne Robinson.

Adrian Hansel is known for having originated the role of Seaweed in the West End production of Hairspray, with other credits including Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre. Renée Lamb played Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Catherine of Aragon in the original London cast of Six at the Arts Theatre. Carly Mercedes-Dyer was recently seen in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, with other credits including The Lorax at The Old Vic and Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Landi Oshinowo recently appeared in Big Fish at The Other Palace, with West End credits including Shrek the Musical and Sister Act. Wayne Robinson returns to Southwark Playhouse having played Benny in In The Heights. He was most recently seen as Jagwire in Bat Out of Hell.

(c)Pamela Raith

The rest of the creative team includes designs by takis, lighting design by James Whiteside, sound design by Dan Samson and associate choreographer James Bennett.

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 musical originally premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978, transferring 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 followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995.

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

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