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Lia Chang Photos & Video: André De Shields Rehearses “Ain’t Misbehavin’” w/ Crossroads’ Ain’t Misbehavin’ Cast

Director/Choreographer André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang

Director/Choreographer André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang

Crossroads Theater Co presents Ain’t Misbehavin’, a play based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Music is by Thomas “Fats” Waller, direction and choreography is by André De Shields and musical directing/onstage pianist is by J. Leonard Oxley.

The performance schedule for Ain’t Misbehavin’ runs October 6 through 23 at Crossroads Theatre Company, 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. Opening night is October 8, 2011. Tickets: $40 previews, $65 for opening night including a reception; $50 all others. Purchase online at www.CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org or call 732-545-8100.

Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis Jr., Zurin Villanueava and Jacob Ming-Trent Photo by Lia Chang

Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis Jr., Zurin Villanueava and Jacob Ming-Trent Photo by Lia Chang

The Ain’t Misbehavin’ cast features Tyrone Davis Jr. (André), Zurin Villanueava (Charlaine), Rheaume Crenshaw (Nell), Johmaalya Adelekan (Armelia), and Jacob Ming-Trent (Ken). Backed by a swinging live band, headed by J. Leonard Oxley as musical director and onstage pianist, the five performers will capture the era with such favorite hit songs as “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Black and Blue,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” “Squeeze Me” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The design team includes Burke Wilmore (Lighting/set design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design) and Joshua Reid (Sound Design).

 Zurin Villanueava, Jacob Ming-Trent and J. Leonard Oxley on the keys. Photo by Lia Chang

Zurin Villanueava , Jacob Ming-Trent and J. Leonard Oxley on the keys. Photo by Lia Chang

A two-time Tony Award nominee, André De Shields, whose prolific career spans more than four decades, was a member of the original company of Ain’t Misbehavin’ which initially opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s cabaret in February, 1978. The reception was such that it was developed into a full scale musical which transferred to Broadway, opening in May, 1978 at the Longacre Theatre and instantly made history. In addition to receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination for creating the role of “André” in the original production, De Shields won an Emmy Award for his role in the NBC Television Special production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ which aired nationally in June, 1982. For De Shields, this production also marks his return to Crossroads, where in 1993 he remounted his cabaret sensation, Haarlem Nocturne, and directed Play On! in 1999.

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

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 jumpin’ new beat, Swing. Ain’t Misbehavin’, evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs 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.

Rheaume Crenshaw, Jacob Ming-Trent, Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Jacob Ming-Trent, Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

Founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson, Crossroads Theatre Company embraces the vision that African-American theater is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience. As a major force in the development of new ideas and the introduction of formerly marginalized writers, Crossroads produces works that enrich and diversify the representation of African American culture on the American stage. Crossroads has produced more than 40 world premieres and received the Tony Award® in 1999 for Outstanding Regional Theatre in the United States.

”André

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Performance Schedule
Thursday, October 6 8pm
Friday, October 7 8pm
Saturday, October 8, 8pm
Sunday, October 9, 3pm
Wednesday, October 12, 8pm
Thursday, October 13, 8pm
Friday, October 14, 8pm
Saturday, October 15, 3pm, 8pm
Sunday, October 16, 3pm
Wednesday, October 19, 10am
Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Friday, October 21, 8pm
Saturday, October 22, 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, October 23, 3pm

Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr and Jacob Ming-Trent Photo by Lia Chang

Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr and Jacob Ming-Trent Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Jacob Ming-Trent, Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

Rheaume Crenshaw, Jacob Ming-Trent, Zurin Villanueava, Tyrone Davis Jr. and Johmaalya Adelekan Photo by Lia Chang

Video: André De Shields Rehearses “Ain’t Misbehavin’” w/ Crossroads’ Ain’t Misbehavin’ Cast

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Articles
Photos and Video: André De Shields Rehearses “The Joint is Jumpin’” with the cast of Crossroads’ Ain’t Misbehavin’
Video: André De Shields Rehearses “’T Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness” w/ Crossroads’ Ain’t Misbehavin’ Cast
broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash Crossroads Theatre Company’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Begins Rehearsals
playbill.com: Crossroads’ Ain’t Misbehavin Casting Announced, Jacob Ming-Trent Among Fivesome
Tyrone Davis Jr., Zurin Villanueava, Rheaume Crenshaw, Johmaalya Adelekan and Jacob Ming-Trent Star in Crossroads Theatre Company’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, Helmed by Two-time Tony Award Nominee André De Shields
Theatermania: PHOTO FLASH: Andre De Shields and Cast of Ain’t Misbehavin’in Rehearsal

The Gospel According to James Reviews and Articles:
The Gospel According to James’ André De Shields, Charles Smith, Chuck Smith, Tyler Jacob Rollinson and Wardell Julius Clark Nominated for Black Theater Alliance Awards
examiner.com: Review-The Gospel According to James
examiner.com:The Gospel According to James Slideshow
stagewrite.com: The Gospel According to James
indytheatrehabit.com: Theatre Review: “The Gospel According to James” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
nuvo.net: Review: IRT’s ‘Gospel According to James’
INDIANAPOLIS RECORDER: Whose ‘gospel’ you gonna believe?
Broadwayworld.com: Victory Gardens Presents The Gospel According to James 5/14-6/12
Indystar.com: ‘Gospel’ looks at lynchings from 2 characters’ views
indystar.com: IRT premieres play that shows contradictions in Marion lynching
From the Danner Lounge with André De Shields
playbill.com: André De Shields Stars in World Premiere of Fact-Based Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep
theatermania: Andre De Shields to Star in The Gospel According To James at Indiana Repertory Theatre
ibj.com: The Gospel According to James
broadwayworld.com: De Shields Headlines THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES at Indiana Repertory
Timessquaregossip.com: The Gospel According to James to Debut
Playbill.com: André De Shields Will Star in World Premiere Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep
theatermania.com: Andre De Shields to Star in The Gospel According To James at Indiana Repertory Theatre
André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, 3/22-4/10

Other Articles on André De Shields:
Photos: André De Shields leads the cast of Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, 8/2-8/4
André De Shields to Direct Reading of Jacqueline Malcolm’s The Trade at The Player’s Club on 7/19
Project1Voice’s Multiple Staged Readings of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind features André De Shields, Peter Coyote, Roger Robinson, Leslie Uggams, LaChanze, John Mahoney, Bill Irwin, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Irma P. Hall on June 20
André De Shields in Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at the Victory Gardens Biograph through June 12
André De Shields set for Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at the Victory Gardens Biograph
Photos: De Shields, McClendon, Elisa, Glasco, Nemser, Phillips, Thompson at The Sovereign State of Boogedy Boogedy Reading
Spend Valentine’s Day with André De Shields in The Sovereign State of Boogedy Boogedy at the Abingdon Theatre
André De Shields and Charlayne Woodard are featured in Red Bull Theater’s Off Broadway Production of The Witch of Edmonton
André De Shields leads cast of Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss at Abrons Arts Center
André De Shields is having a Devilishly Good Time in Damn Yankees at The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
Photos of André De Shields in Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory: From Douglass to Deliverance
Achieving the American Dream, Professional Charmer André De Shields Sees Theater is a Way to Life
André De Shields Celebrates Black History Month Starring in The Working Theater’s Production of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory at The Abingdon in February 2010
Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, MTC’s Ruined are Top Winners at 2009 Audelcos
Multimedia: Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe Opening Night Party Photos
Multimedia: Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe
André De Shields and Reg E. Cathey Star in Cato at The Flea
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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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