March 14 – May 18
Stackner Cabaret

Conceived by Murray Horwitz & Richard Maltby, Jr.
Musical Adaptations by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Vocal Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliot
Director & Music Director, Dan Kazemi

Greg and Rhonda Oberland, Executive Producers
David and Camille Kundert, Associate Producers

Foot-stomping, musical joy!

Get ready for two spirited hours of rowdy, rollicking music straight out of the height of the Harlem Renaissance! This Tony Award-winning tour through the legendary Fats Waller songbook will have you jumpin’ and jivin’ with the infectious energy and the cheeky humor of classic Waller hits like “Loungin’ at the Waldorf” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.” One of the most popular, well-crafted musical revues of all time, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is simply unforgettable and will be performed in the now-signature Rep style, with a group of five “Quadruple Threat” actor/singer/dancer/musicians.

“A tribute to the timeless appeal of Waller’s music.”THE NEW YORK TIMES

Mark Clements

MARK'S TAKE:
“Anyone who enjoyed last season’s Blues in the Night will love this good-time musical revue featuring quadruple-threat performers doing what they do best. Add together this talented array of singer/dancer/actor/instrumentalists and a smoking songbook drawn from the legendary music of Fats Waller, and you’ll get a not-to-be-missed musical evening that will blow you away!”

 

» Learn more about Ain’t Misbehavin’ from Artistic Director Mark Clements

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Creators

Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. & Murray Horwitz
Created and Originally Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Original Choreography and Musical Staging by Arthur Faria
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations
& Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Musical Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliott

Cast

Kamille Dawkins
Christopher James Culberson *
Kenney M. Green *
Bethany Thomas *
Erin Willis *

Creative Team

Directed by Dan Kazemi ±
Scenic Designer, Tom Gleeson
Costume Designer, Mary Folino
Lighting Designer, Aimee Hanyzewski
Sound Designer, Barry G. Funderburg
Dialect Coach, Jill Walmsely Zager
Stage Movement, Jenn Rose
Casting Director, JC Clementz
New York Casting, Stephanie Klapper
Assistant Director, Frank Honts
Stage Manager, Richelle Harrington Calin *
Stage Management Intern, Rachel Lantow

± Rep Associate Artist
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Kamille Dawkins

Kamille Dawkins, Actor
Hailing from the island of Jamaica, Kamille is a far way from home. She has, however, found a place in the Midwest. A past Milwaukee Rep Acting Intern, she has been featured ensemble in shows such as Ragtime and A Christmas Carol. Previous credits include Hair, Avenue Q, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and a role in the film CBGB. Kamille also performs Improv and will soon join that circuit again in Chicago.   -Top-

 

James Culberson

Christopher James Culberson, Actor
Christopher is delighted to be making his Milwaukee Rep debut! He recently played Andy Wright in Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys, directed by Susan Stroman. Some of Christopher’s other favorite theater credits are Scandalous People (Off-Broadway), Bernardo in West Side Story, Adrian in Smokey Joe’s Café, Matthew Henson in Ragtime, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, and a host of other characters in Chuckleball, and singing in Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday Concert at the Hollywood Bowl. His television credits include Jimmy Kimmel Live! and portraying Billy Dee Williams on Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories. He also recently made his choreographic debut with Freckleface Strawberry. Christopher is a native of Los Angeles, where he studied at the Hamilton Academy of Music and UCLA. www.castChristopher.com    -Top-

 

Britney Coleman

Kenney M. Green, Actor
Kenney is thrilled to be making his Milwaukee Rep debut with this crazy talented cast! Off-Broadway: FINKS! (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Drama Desk Nomination), Growing Up ’70′s starring Barry Williams (Luther). National/European Tours: Smokey Joe’s Cafe starring Gladys Knight (Victor/Dance Capt.), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Ensemble). Regional: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Atkins), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Diva Diaries: The Musical (Young Randee Jean), The Music Man, The Goodbye Girl, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line. Directing Credits: The Full Monty (Westchester Sandbox Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Emelin Theatre), Almost Connected: The Music of Jimmy Webb, Legally Blonde, Oliver! and Hairspray! Kenney is an active board member of The Ring Theatre and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Many thanks to Dan Kazemi, Stephanie Klapper, Dave Secor and Adam Tilford!    -Top-

 

Bethany Thomas

Bethany Thomas, Actor
Bethany is so thankful to be back at The Rep after appearing in Ragtime last fall! Credits include: South Pacific (Marriott Theatre-Lincolnshire); Hairspray (Drury Lane Theatre); Hair (Paramount Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Court Theatre); We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre); She Loves Me (Writers' Theatre); Cabaret, Sweet and Hot, Belle Barth: If I Embarrass You... (Theo Ubique Theatre); Into The Woods, Nine, Ragtime and In Trousers (Porchlight Music Theatre); The Life (BoHo THeatre). A Chicago theatre regular, Bethany is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award (and four other Jeff nominations), an After Dark Award, and a Black Theatre Alliance Award. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity and works for Broadway In Chicago.    -Top-

 

Erin Willis

Erin Willis, Actor
Erin is thrilled to be part of Ain't Misbehavin’! Erin is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Theatre credits include: Cameron McIntosh First National Tour of My Fair Lady; Ragtime at Cohoes Music Hall and Dreamgirls at Asbury Park. NY Workshops: Amazing Grace and My Heart is the Drum. TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories. Erin also provides vocals and keyboards for the Indie Rock Band Kenji Urada. Erin would like to thank Milwaukee Rep for this wonderful opportunity, family and friends, and her amazing John.    -Top-

 

Murray Horwitz, Creator
Mr. Horwitz’s credits include Broadway’s Harlem Nocturne (with André De Shields) and song lyrics for The Great Gatsby at the Metropolitan Opera. His first collaboration with Richard Maltby, Jr., was the one-man show An Evening of Sholom Aleichem, in which he still performs. A Washington-area resident for the past 16 years, Mr. Horwitz’s work at NPR won three Peabody Awards and a Presidential Medal of the Arts. In 1997, he earned a Governor’s Arts Award in playwriting from the State of Maryland for his play V.I.P. , which received a staged reading at Round House Theater. Mr. Horwitz is currently the director of the new AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.   -Top-

Richard Maltby, Jr., Creator
Broadway credits include: Conceived/directed Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978 Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards. Also Tony Award for Best Director.) Fosse (1999 Tony, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards); as well as Ring of Fire, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby, 1983 (book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony nominations); lyricist: Big, 1996 (book by John Weidman; Tony nomination: Best Score); lyricist/conceiver, Take Flight, 2010 (book by John Weidman); with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score 1991); co-bookwriter/lyricist: The Pirate Queen, 2007. Director: The Story of My Life, 2009. Director/co-lyricist: Song & Dance, (1986 Tony Award for star Bernadette Peters). Off-Broadway credits include: director/lyricist for Starting Here, Starting Now, 1977 (Grammy nomination); and Closer than Ever, 1989 (two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score), both written with composer David Shire. Regional theater credits include: director, Mask, 2008 (Pasadena Playhouse) and director, The 60’s Project, 2006 (Goodspeed). Film credits include: Screenplay for Miss Potter, 2007 (Christopher Award, best screenplay). Contributes crossword puzzles to Harper’s Magazine. Richard is the son of a well-known orchestra leader. He has five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.   -Top-

Luther Henderson, Musical Adaptor
Luther Henderson has worked on more than two dozen Broadway productions in various capacities. For Ain't Misbehavin' he was the original pianist as well as orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor. Mr. Henderson orchestrated and co-composed Jelly's Last Jam. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1997 for orchestrating Play On!, as a dance arranger and/or orchestrator, Mr. Henderson's credits include Flower Drum Song, Do Re Mi, Funny Girl, Hallelujah, Baby and No, No Nanette. Mr. Henderson counts his work with Duke Ellington, Andre Kostelanetz, Jule Styne, Carol Haney, Richard Rodgers, Polly Bergen and Lena Horne as the most important milestones of his career. He is married to actress and director Billie Allen.  -Top-

Dan Kazemi, Director/Musical Director
Dan Kazemi is a New York based composer, actor, music director and educator, and is an Associate Artist at The Rep. Dan was Musical Director for The Rep’s recent productions of End of the Rainbow, A Christmas Carol, Forever Plaid, Ragtime, Blues in the Night, Assassins, Always . . . Patsy Cline, Next to Normal and Cabaret. In Philadelphia, Dan recently musically directed Kerrigan/Lowdermilk's Flash of Time and orchestrated and musically directed the world premiere musical, Tulipomania at the Arden Theatre Company. Dan musically directed Tick, Tick . . . Boom! , Austentations, The PhillyRocks! concerts, The World Goes Round (Barrymore nomination), Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, Rooms and The Great American Trailer Park Musical for 11th Hour Theatre Company. He also received a Helen Hayes Nomination for his work on the D.C. premiere of The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, a Barrymore Nomination for The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre Company), and received a Barrymore Award for 11th Hour’s Avenue X. At the Walnut Street Theatre, Dan musically directed, arranged and performed in The Irish . . . and How They Got That Way (Two Barrymore Nominations). Dan’s music has been performed at the Cirque de Demain in Paris, at the A.W.A.R.D. Show Philadelphia and in 213 Productions collaborations, Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please! Dan is also the composer of a new musical, The Tapioca Miracle (thetapiocamiracle.com).   -Top-

Tom Gleeson, Scenic Designer
Tom works in theater, film, television, dance, installations among other design and art related projects. THEATRE PRODUCTIONS: Absence (2014) Boston Playwrights Theatre; Pinocchio (2013) Robin Hood (2012), Peter Pan (2010) The Three Penny Opera (2011), (recipient of the 2010 Princess Grace Award) Arden Theatre Company. The Little Prince, The New Victory and US Tour. Richard II, Classic Stage Company FILM: Revenge of the Green Dragons (Art Director) Released 2014, Law and Order SVU Episodes 1506 &1508 (Art Director) Karl Manhair (Production Designer), Christmas Dreams (Production Designer, released 2014) Asst. Art Director, Sex and the City II (Warner Brothers). Production Designer, Resolve (Singularity Films); Production Designer, The Hollow Tree, (Cyprus Productions; Winner: Best Production Design/ Art Direction; First Run Film Festival, NYC.) Art Director, Cinemax has Crabs (HBOPromotion series, nominated for Best Art Direction, New York Festival). Tom has worked companies such as MTVN, Lord and Taylor, Baker Brothers Collective, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Edge Parties, Tiffany & Co., Gannett. Recent Solo Art show: I am not a Machine at Re-pop in Brooklyn,NY MFA, NYU. www.gleesonstudio.com  -Top-

Mary Folino, Costume Designer
Mary is the new Costume Director here at The Rep, coming to us from Philadelphia where she spent the last 13 years as the Assistant Costume Shop Manager for the Walnut Street Theatre. She has designed numerous productions in the Philadelphia area. Favorite designs include Hair (Prince Music Theater), The Mousetrap (Walnut Street Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Walnut Street Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Lantern Theater Company). Many thanks to our great production team, my exceptional costume shop staff, and everyone at The Rep for making me feel welcome this season.   -Top-

Aimee Hanyzewski, Lighting Designer
Aimee Hanyzewski is glad to be back working at The Rep. Aimee has designed in the Stackner Cabaret for such hits as From My Hometown, Fire on the Bayou, Grafton City Blues and in the Stiemke Theater for The Year of Magically Thinking. She also worked on The Rep’s A Christmas Carol for six years as the Associate Lighting Designer. Currently, Aimee is a freelance lighting designer in the Madison and Chicago area.   -Top-

Barry G. Funderberg, Sound Designer
Barry is excited to return to The Rep for his 67th production. Memorable Rep productions include Woody Sez, Blues in the Night, Othello, The 39 Steps, The Cherry Orchard, Pride and Prejudice, Armadale, Mary Stuart, Work Song, and Angels in America. Off-Broadway, Barry designed the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Wittenberg at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits include Fake, Carter’s Way, and Mother Courage and Her Children at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, sixteen productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, including the recent regional theatre premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre , Arizona Theatre Company, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), CenterStage (Baltimore), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, American Players Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Indiana Rep. Chicago credits include Next Theatre, Theatre at the Center, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Barry has received four Chicago Equity Jeff Award nominations, the 1996 and 2008 Jeff Awards for Sound Design, and an MFA in sound design from Purdue University.   -Top-

Jenn Rose, Stage Movement Director
Jenn is a choreographer and teaching artist residing in Philadelphia. She has choreographed numerous regional theater productions with some of her favorites being Spring Awakening, Honk! , Spelling Bee, and Little Shop of Horrors. Jenn has collaborated and created new works for BalletFleming, 213 Productions, and Ursinus College. She is the artistic director/choreographer of Loose Screws Contemporary Tap Company, a Broadway World Philadelphia Audience Choice Award winner, and a three time Barrymore Award nominee. Keep an eye out for Jenn’s choreography in Christmas Dreams, an 80-minute feature dance film. She would like to thank Dan for this journey out west. Jenn is grateful to be inspired everyday and looks forward to what is yet to come…   -Top-

Richelle Harrington Calin, Stage Manager
Richelle Harrington Calin has been with Milwaukee Rep since 2004. Milwaukee Rep credits include: Bach at Leipzig, The Clean House, Intimate Apparel, Gem of the Ocean, A Christmas Carol, The Voysey Inheritance, Life Could Be a Dream, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Night is a Child, I Am My Own Wife, Greater Tuna, Pride and Prejudice, Shear Madness, The Lady with All the Answers, Yankee Tavern, Route 66, Cabaret, Bombshells, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Yellowman, Othello, The Mountaintop, How The World Began and End of the Rainbow. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is the 150th production of her professional career.   -Top-

Rachel Lantow, Stage Management Intern
Rachel, originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, joined The Rep’s intern company as a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato where she earned her BFA in Theatre Design/Technology. Rachel has worked for Highland Summer Theatre in Minnesota for two seasons and this past summer she stage managed in Nebraska for Crane River Theater. She wants to thank her family for always supporting her decisions to pursue the dreams laid on her heart, and her close friends for their impact on her life. “For my Audience of One, for my family, and for Kaela.”   -Top-

Frank Honts, Assistant Director
Frank was Assistant Director for The Whipping Man, Woody Sez, Noises Off and Venus in Fur earlier this season, and prior to that, Frank worked as artistic associate at Forward Theater Company in Madison. Recent directing projects include 9 Circles (Midwest premiere) and Speech & Debate. In addition to his work as a director, dramaturg, and assistant director at Forward Theater, Frank has worked with American Players Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Madison Opera, and Children’s Theater of Madison. Education: AB, History, Brown University.   -Top-


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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs

Recommended Age
10 years and older

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Access Dates
Audio Described
Sunday, March 23, 7pm

 
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