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Stumptown opens 'Ain't Misbehavin'

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PAUL S. FARDIG  - At left, Monte J. Howell and Terence Kelley in Stumptown Stages Aint Misbehavin.

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Stumptown Stages, Portland’s professional resident musical theatre company at the Brunish Theatre in Antoinette Hatfield Hall will present “Ain’t Misbehavin’” featuring Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss, reprising the role she played on the national tour.

This dynamic show includes the talents of Deidra Grace whose show credits include the national tour of “The Color Purple” and “The Drowsy Chaperone;” Monte J. Howell, whose recent credits include “Shrek” and “Les Miserables;” and Terence Kelley, recently featured in Stumptown Stages “Aida” and as Aslan in “Narnia;” plus Shanelle Leonard who recently performed at Seattle Shakes and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” is directed by Roger Welch.

“With a name like Fats, you’d better deliver something big,” Welch said.

“During his 39 years on this earth, jazz singer Fats Waller was simply larger than life. He was an African-American cultural icon. He composed more than 400 original songs including “Jitterbug Waltz” and “Honeysuckle Rose.”He paved the way for some of the most renowned jazz artists of his time. And in 1993, nearly 50 years after his death, Waller was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Waller speaks to each and every one of us, where we can understand it, he was such an amazing performer and his music won the love of the American public.”

Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” the musical was a success among audiences and critics alike.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” opens May 9 and continues through May 25, with 7:30 p.m. shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $25 for students and seniors and $40 for adults. Order online at stumptownstages.org or call the box office at 800-273-1530.




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