André De Shields Directs Crossroads Theatre Company’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at NJPAC

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Are you ready to experience the glory of the Harlem Renaissance in a musical production brimming with what the New York Times describes as having “contagious energy”?

NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company present an encore production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'”. Tony nominee André De Shields (currently part of the cast of “Mankind” at Playwrights Horizons) returns to direct and choreograph this acclaimed production of the Fats Waller award-winning musical, which premiered during Crossroads Theatre Company‘s 2011-2012 season. The show was conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz.

Immerse yourself in the energetic, exuberant and effervescent world of the 1920s and 30s, from Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom to Harlem rent parties with stride piano players banging out a new beat known as swing.

The cast includes Johmaalya Adelekan (“Ragtime”), Rheaume Crenshaw (“Groundhog Day”), David Samuel (“Ruined,” Arena Stage), Zurin Villanueva (“Mean Girls”; “Shuffle Along”), and Borris York (“Holiday Inn”; “Love Never Dies,” U.S. tour).

The original cast for the 1978 Broadway production included Nell Carter, André DeShields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page and Charlayne Woodard. Luther Henderson, who adapted Fats Waller’s music for the production, performed as the pianist.

Crossroads is also currently On The Road! While Crossroads Theatre Company awaits Fall 2019 for the arrival of the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the company will take their productions on the road in New Jersey. After their stop at NJPAC, they will present the world premiere of the cutting-edge satire Back to the Real, by Pia Wilson, at Rutgers University on May 28.

The shows runs from Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 4.] Tickets to see “Ain’t Misbehavin'” are available at or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or the NJPAC Box Office.