The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin’ new beat, swing music. Winner of the 1978 Tony Award® for Best Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American legend as a versatile cast struts, strums, and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown, Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood, and concert stages in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Featuring over 30 Waller favorites including ‘Honeysuckle Rose,’ ‘Black And Blue,’ ‘This Joint Is Jumpin,’ and ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.’
Directed by SHARON MARONEY
Music Directior WILLIAM KNOWLES
Choreographer JEFF GEORGE
Cultural Consultant PAUL IRVIN
Conceived by RICHARD MALTBY, JR. and MURRAY HORWITZ
Created and Originally Directed by RICHARD MALTBY, JR
Original Choreography and Musical Staging by ARTHUR FARIA
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by LUTHER HENDERSON
Vocal & Musical Concepts by JEFFREY GUTCHEON
Musical Arrangements by JEFFREY GUTCHEON and WILLIAM ELLIOT
Originally Produced by THE MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
Originally produced on Broadway by EMANUEL AZENBERG, DASHA EPSTEIN,
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, JANE GAYNOR and RON DANTE
Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR
Charles Cook as AndresCharles is a stage and film actor and has been featured in musical theatre productions such as Chicago, Rent, Legally Blonde, and La Cage Aux Folles, to name a few. He loves to share his passion for the arts and is very excited to be a part of the Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Fun fact: Charles and his husband Chris have three children, two grandchildren, four dogs, and a cat. Charles is also a prior U.S. Air Force service member and served in Operation Enduring Freedom after 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Charles and his husband moved to Portland from Maui, Hawaii in December 2014 and have since fallen in love with this beautiful community.
Dae Lettman as Armelia
Dae is thrilled to be performing in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Broadway Rose Theatre Company for the first time! Dae hails from New York City and has performed regionally in Ragtime, Hair, and Little Shop of Horrors. She is currently pursuing a career in fashion tech at Nike World Headquarters but is excited to hit the stage again.
Netty McKenzie as Charlaine
Netty is very excited to be making her Broadway Rose debut in Ain't Misbehavin’! Netty is a graduate of Portland State University where she majored in theatre arts. She was last seen in Portland Playhouse's production of Crowns as a pit singer and in the production of Ghosted at Oregon Children's Theatre. When Netty is not on stage she runs a nonprofit called the Portland Prince and Princess Organization, which serves adolescents in her community. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support in her endeavors. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Fune Tautala Jr. as Ken
Fune is excited to make his debut at Broadway Rose. After completing the theatre program at Eastern Oregon University he spent two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has spent the last two years performing in Seattle, playing Brother Joshua in The Christians with Pony World, Miro in Sheathed with Macha Theatre Works, ensemble in Hart Island with Village Theatre, Padre in Man of La Mancha with Harlequin Productions, Donkey in Shrek with Twelfth Night Productions, Legally Blonde and The Spitfire Grill with Showtunes Theatre Company, and Horace in Rules of Charity with Sound Theatre Company.
Courtney Temple as Nell
Courtney is honored to join the cast of Ain’t Misbehavin’ for her debut with Broadway Rose. Courtney has been a professional singer and actress for over 15 years in the Portland area. Courtney’s love for the stage started young, performing with her family in Greenidge Family Ministries throughout the West Coast. Courtney now performs for various corporate and private events and she has also been a featured soloist in Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree for the past six years at Keller Auditorium.
Directed by Sharon Maroney
Music Direction/Piano by William Knowles
Choreography by Jeff George
Cultural Consultation by Paul Irvin
Set Design by Sean O’Skea
Light Design by Gene Dent
Costume Design by Shana Targoz
Prop Design and Set Decoration by Jeff Duncan
Sound Design by Brian K. Moen
Wig Design by Antonía Darlene
Stage Manager Jessica Junor
William Knowles Piano/Conductor
Mieke Bruggeman-Smith Reeds
Sean Kelleher Reeds
Amy Roesler Bass
Levis Dragulin Trumpet
Logan Thane Brown Trumpet
Al Torres Trombone
Mitch Wilson Percussion