Encore Musical Theater presents ‘Aint Misbehavin’ 9/15-10/2.


DEXTER, MI – The Tony Award-winning musical, Don’t misbehave, opens at The Encore Musical Theater Company in Dexter, Michigan this week. At the helm is “The Mayor of Broadway” GERRY McINTYRE, whose energetic choreography was last seen at The Encore in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Not only an accomplished director and choreographer, McIntyre’s Broadway performance credits include everything is fine with PATTI LUPONE, Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat with DONNY OSMOND, and the original company of Once on this island.

A sassy and sensual musical celebration of legendary jazz great, FATS WALLER, Don’t misbehave is one of the most popular and well-crafted revues of all time and won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. It is set in a time when Manhattan nightclubs such as the Cotton Club were the playgrounds of high society and the dives in Harlem were filled with pianists beating the new beat known as swing. Five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the diverse moods of the times and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for fun and play.

Encore mainstays ARIELLE CROSBY and CHRIS JOSEPH take the stage in this audience-pleasing production. Detroit native Crosby was last seen at The Encore in Tribute: Diana Ross and the Supremes. Ann Arbor native Joseph recently thrilled Encore audiences with his performance in the Tribute: Stevie Wonder concert as well as last season’s hit, Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Chris can also be heard singing in the popular local band “Accidentally Hip” who frequent The Blue Llama. The cast also includes Encore newcomers ELIZABETH ANN GRAY, DANTÉ MURRAY and TAMMI HARRIS.

Alongside this stellar cast is a group of world-class jazz musicians brought together for The Encore by jazz baritone saxophonist ALEX HARDING, made possible by a grant from the Arts and Culture Committee of the ANN ARBOR AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION . Still mainstay, R. MACKENZIE LEWIS, serves as musical director. The production is generously sponsored by Dexter resident and enthusiastic Encore supporter JAN LYONS.

THE ENCORE MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY is a non-profit professional theater located in the heart of Southeast Michigan. It was founded 15 years ago by Broadway performer, DAN COONEY and Chelsea, residents of MI ANNE and PAUL KOCH, with the goal of filling the void of quality professional musical productions in the Ann Arbor area. . Encore productions have been critically acclaimed as “the next best thing on Broadway” – as evidenced by the many Broadway performers, directors and choreographers who have brought their talents to the Encore stage, as well as the many young performers who have made Broadway career. of their own.

Don’t misbehave takes place over three weeks (September 15 to October 2) in The Maas performance space. Tickets can be purchased at theencoretheatre.org, through the box office (toll-free) by calling 734-268-6200, or in person at The Encore Musical Theater Company, 7714 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter MI 48130. Box office hours are Tuesday. , Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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