Ain’t Misbehavin’ to celebrate the music of jazz legend Fats Waller at the Roxy Regional Theater


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Don’t misbehave opens at the Roxy Regional Theater on Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m.

In keeping with the theater’s opening night tradition of paying what you can, all non-pre-sold tickets at regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m. that night with a minimum donation of $5.

Photo: ‘Eboné Amos, Terrence J. Bennett, Sierra Davis, David Ridley and April Sledge star in Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Roxy Regional Theatre. (Contributed)

Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the golden age of the Cotton Club and new swing music. Although not quite a biography, Don’t misbehave evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast that struts, strums and sings the songs it made famous in a career that spanned uptown clubs to downtown from Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Designed by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz, Don’t misbehave welcomes the return of Roxy favorites Eboné Amos, David Ridley and April Sledge – who audiences will remember All stirred and freedom trainamong other productions – alongside Roxy newcomers Terrence J. Bennett and Clarksville Academy music instructor Sierra Davis.

Songs featured in the musical include “‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness (If I Do)”, “Mean to Me”, “The Joint is Jumpin'”, “Your Feet’s Too Big” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’ “, performed by Tyler Saunders on piano, Thad Wallus on bass, Bernard Lott on drums and Danny Jackson on reeds. Directed by Ryan Bowie under the musical direction of Tyler Saunders, Don’t misbehave is choreographed by Ayo Walker, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Austin Peay State University.

Performances are February 11-26 on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays February 19 and 26. Tickets are $35 (adults) and $15 (10 and under) and can be reserved online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theater during regular box office hours. The Roxy Regional Theater is located at 100 Franklin Street.

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