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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 2/20/04
 
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AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ AT COLUMBIA THEATRE -- From left, Aljernon Duval, Chanta Layton, Minyon, Ikeya Morning, and Kenny Green  star in the Windwood Theatricals production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts March 9. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
SWINGING HARLEM – Windwood Theatrical’s Minyon and Aljernon Duval are among the cast of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the Broadway hit coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 9.
SLU’S COLUMBIA THEATRE TO SHOWCASE “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’”

      HAMMOND -- The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of Harlem in the 1930s lives on in Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping Broadway hit coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Tuesday, March 9.
      Tickets for the 7 p.m. Winwood Theatrical’s production are $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $32, Orchestra 2 and $30, Balcony 1. Tickets can be purchased at the box office (985-543-4371), located in the theater’s lobby at 220 E. Thomas St., or online through TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.com). “Ain’t Misbehavin’” tickets will be on sale March 1 and March 3-9. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m.
      “Ain't Misbehavin'” is considered by many to be the quintessential musical revue -- the standard against which all others are measured. It has been described as “one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time - sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty.” 
      In addition to the title song, the show features tunes such as “T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint Is Jumpin',” “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” and “I Can't Give You Anything but Love.” 
      The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumping new beat, swing. Although not quite a biography, “Ain't Misbehavin'” evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original.
      The versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs Waller made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the United States, Canada and Europe.  
      “Ain't Misbehavin'” was nominated for five 1978 Tony Awards, winning for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Actress.  It was also honored with the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and a special citation from the Off-Broadway Obie Awards.
      The Columbia 2004 season will continue with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Beethoven and Blue Jeans Concert (May 7), Marty Raybon (May 20), Herman's Hermits (July 15),  The Ten Tenors (Oct 16), Earl Long in Purgatory (Oct21), and the LPO holiday concert (Dec. 3). For additional information about Columbia Theatre 2004 events call 985-549-4366 or visit www.selu.edu/columbia.