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2003 American Idol Champion Ruben Studdard Headlines 30th Anniversary Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’

2003 American Idol Champion Ruben Studdard Headlines 30th Anniversary Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’

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   The 30th Anniversary National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ starring Ruben Studdard comes to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, January 8, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. for a limited one-night performance. Tickets are on sale now at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center box office, online at www.upjarts.com or by phone at 814-269-7200 or 800-846-2787.   For group orders of 15 or more, please call 814-269-7200.

   Ticket prices range from $39.00 regular, $37.00 discount and $33.00 students.

   AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is a musical revue with a book by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., music by Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller, orchestrations and additional music by Luther Henderson, and lyrics by various writers.  Fats Waller, the outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem, lives on in this rollicking, finger-snapping show that is still considered one of Broadway’s most well-crafted revues.  

   Dubbed “The Velvet Teddy Bear” by legendary R&B soulstress Gladys Knight, Ruben Studdard shot to fame in 2003 after winning the TV talent competition smash hit AMERICAN IDOL.  The Grammy?-nominated star will be joined on stage by two other AMERICAN IDOL alums: 2003 contestant and star of Broadway’s RENT Frenchie Davis along with 2003 top five finalist Trenyce Cobbins.  Together with a first-class cast and a live, on-stage band, they will bring classic popular hits like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” and the title song “Ain’t Misbehavin’” to life.   Further casting will be announced shortly. 

   Legendary Broadway director and author Richard Maltby Jr. (Miss Saigon, Fosse, Big, Song and Dance, The Pirate Queen) recreates his Tony Award?-winning direction for this production.  Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty also recreates his original scenic design.

   AIN'T MISBEHAVIN’ originally opened in the Manhattan Theatre Club's East 73rd Street Cabaret on February 8, 1978 with featured singer Irene Cara.   The show was an instant hit among theatergoers, and was quickly developed into a full-scale Broadway production.  After fourteen previews, the production opened on May 9, 1978 at the Longacre Theatre, later moving to the Plymouth Theatre and then to the Belasco Theatre before finally completing its 1604-performance run.  The show launched the career of the late Nell Carter, and won the 1978 Tony? Awards for Best Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actress for Ms. Carter.  In 1988, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ was revived on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, with Carter as an above-the-title star.  The original Broadway cast recording of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ was released by RCA Victor, and is still available in stores nationwide.

   The 30th Anniversary Tour of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is executive produced by Daniel Sher of Big League Productions.

   Visit the official AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ website at www.AintMisbehavinOnTour.com
 

BIOGRAPHIES:

RUBEN STUDDARD - Ruben Studdard released his first album with the hit song "Flying Without Wings." In December 2003, advance orders for his album Soulful topped the $1 million mark before it was released into stores.  Soulful debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart that month, selling over 400,000 copies in its first week and attaining the highest first-week sales of any American Idol winner.  The single "Sorry 2004" from this album reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.  Studdard received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for best R&B male vocal performance for his song "Superstar."  In March 2004, Ruben won the NAACP Best New Artist award.  Studdard then released the gospel album “I Need An Angel” on November 23, 2004.  The album sold over 96,000 copies in its first week, and entered the Gospel charts at #1, and the Billboard 200 chart at #20.   I Need An Angel has since sold over 500,000 copies, and was also #1 on the 2005 Billboard Year-End Gospel Albums Chart.  His newest album (yet to be titled) will be released in August 2008. 

FRENCHIE DAVIS - Born in Los Angeles, CA, Frenchie Davis began her career as a theatre student at Washington DC’s Howard University.  While studying there, Ms. Davis landed her first professional acting job as one of the street urchins in the German production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.  Upon her return to the states, Frenchie was chosen as a finalist on AMERICAN IDOL, where she quickly became an audience favorite.  She worked in 2003 as a Grammy correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and performed the song “And I Am Telling You" on the ET telecast, as well.   Soon after, she was cast in the Tony? Award-winning Broadway show RENT as the “Seasons of Love” soloist.  Ms. Davis then took a leave of absence from the show to play the role of  “Effie White” in the West Coast tour of the musical DREAMGIRLS.  After DREAMGIRLS, she immediately returned to RENT where she performed in the show for a total of nearly four years.   In August 2007, Frenchie starred as legendary Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the Hartford Stage production of the one-woman play SING, MAHALIA, SING.

RICHARD MALTBY, JR. (Director) BROADWAY: Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards -- also Tony Award for Best Director.) FOSSE (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); and RING OF FIRE, The Johnny Cash Musical Show, (2006); With composer David Shire, director/lyricist: BABY, (1983, book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations); lyricist: BIG, (1996, book by John Weidman; Tony nomination: Best Score); lyricist/conceiver, TAKE FLIGHT (book by John Weidman), world premiere 2007 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, also produced in Japan 2007, directed by Amon Miyamoto. With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: MISS SAIGON (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-bookwriter/lyricist: THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director/co-lyricist: American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SONG & DANCE, (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.) OFF-BROADWAY: director/lyricist STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW, (1977, Grammy nomination); CLOSER THAN EVER, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score), both written with composer David Shire. REGIONAL: director, THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2008, Goodspeed Opera House); director, MASK (2008, Pasadena Playhouse); director, THE 60'S PROJECT (2006, Goodspeed). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER, (2007) about Beatrix Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Award, best screenplay.). Thirty year association with The Manhattan Theatre Club. Contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; Five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.

LUTHER HENDERSON (Musical Adapter/Additional Music Composer/Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator) composed, arranged, orchestrated or performed the musical direction for more than 50 Broadway shows, including the “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, Lena horne: the Lady and Her Music; Black and Blue; Hallelujah Baby!; Flower Drum Song; Funny Girl; Purlie Victorious, No, No, Nanette and Jelly’s Last Jam, written and directed by George C. Wolfe, with new lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, starring Gregory Hines, for which he received a Tony Nomination.  His numerous television credits include serving as musical director, orchestrator, arranger and pianist for the special Ain’t Misbehavin’ for which he received an Emmy nomination; the PBS special “The V.D. Blues”; the Emmy Award-winning “Helen Morgan Story” starring Polly Bergen and several Victor Borge specials.  In film, Mr. Henderson was the composer and orchestrator for Recess and The Slams.  He released more than a dozen albums including Turned on Broadway (volumes I and II) for RCA and is featured on the original cast album of Ain’t Misehavin’.  He was also the arranger/orchestrator for the Canadian Brass Quintet album Mostly Fats and his Luther Henderson Orchestra recorded six albums for Columbia Records.  He also recorded several albums of Broadway music with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestrated EMI’s Classis Ellington CD, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.  Luther Henderson was a 1942 graduate of the Julliard School.  His wife Billie Allen Henderson has established The Luther Henderson Scholarship Fund at the Julliard School.  For more information on the Fund, or to make contributions visit: www.thelutherhendersonscholarshipfund.com.

BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS, INC/DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer) is celebrating its 19th season of producing, general managing, and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world.  In addition to the 30th Anniversary Tour of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, the national tour of AIDA, and the stage spectacular BLAST (www.BlasttheShow.com), Big League developed a new dynamic production of the stage adaptation of the renowned children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (www.chittyontour.com) and is preparing for an international production of Aida, which will tour China.  Other recent highlights include a production Miss Saigon developed in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, the Japanese and North American touring productions of 42nd Street as well as a three-year tour of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man as conceived by Susan Stroman.  Other past successes include Footloose, Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor, and The Who’s Tommy. John Starr helms the booking department at Big League.  Visit www.bigleague.org


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