Ain’t Misbehavin’” starring Ruben Studdard


  • Categories: Jazz, Theater
  • Event posted: Jan. 6, 2009
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

The Lied Center of Kansas and U.S. Bank present Ain’t Misbehavin’, the “Fats” Waller Broadway musical starring 2003 American Idol-winner, Ruben Studdard and contestant, Frenchie Davis.

The 30th anniversary national tour of the Tony Award-winning Ain’t Misbehavin’, is a musical revue and tribute to the music and black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring songs by Nat “King” Cole, Frank Loesser, Dorothy Fields and Porter Grainger, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is considered one of the best Broadway musicals of all time.

Richard Maltby, Jr. (Miss Saigon, Fosse, Big, Song and Dance, The Pirate Queen), writer and director of the original run, has reprised his role and has recreated the show for this 30th-anniversary production. Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty also recreates his original scenic design.

Dubbed “the velvet teddy bear” by legendary R&B singer Gladys Knight, Ruben Studdard shot to fame in 2003 after winning American Idol. The Grammy-nominated recording artist will be joined onstage by two other American Idol alums: 2003 contestant and star of Broadway’s RENT, Frenchie Davis and 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.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ originally opened in February 1978 with featured singer, Irene Cara. The show quickly developed into a full-scale Broadway production, opening May 1978 and running for a total of 1,604 performances. 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 Carter. In 1988, Ain’t Misbehavin’ was revived on Broadway, with Carter as an above-the-title star.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Song List: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929) Lookin’ Good But Feelin’ Bad (1929) ‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do (1922) Honeysuckle Rose (1929) Squeeze Me (1925) Handful of Keys (1933) I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling (1929) How Ya Baby (1938) The Jitterbug Waltz (1942) The Ladies Who Sing with the Band (1943) Yacht Club Swing (1938) When the Nylons Bloom Again (1943) Cash for Your Trash (1942) Off-Time (1929) The Joint Is Jumpin’ (1938) Spreadin’ Rhythm Around (1935) Lounging at the Waldorf (1936) The Viper’s Drag (1934) Mean to Me (1929) Your Feet’s Too Big (1936) That Ain’t Right (1943) Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now (1932) Find Out What They Like (1929) Fat and Greasy (1936) Black and Blue (1929) I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (1939) Two Sleepy People (1938) I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed (1935) I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1928) It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie (1933)


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. Ruben received a Grammy 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 in November 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 reached #1 on the 2005 Billboard Year-End Gospel Albums chart.

Frenchie Davis - Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Frenchie Davis began her career as a theatre student at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University. While studying, Frenchie 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 U.S., Frenchie was chosen as a finalist on American Idol, where she quickly became an audience favorite. She worked as a Grammy correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2003 and performed the song And I Am Telling You on the ET telecast. Frenchie was shortly thereafter cast in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show RENT as the Seasons of Love soloist. Frenchie took a leave of absence from the show to play 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.

VIP Sponsor: U.S. Bank

Tickets are available for Ain’t Misbehavin’ being presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Lied Center of Kansas. They are on sale at the Lied Center Ticket Office (785-864-2787 voice or 785-864-2777/TDD), the University Theatre Ticket Office–Murphy Hall (785-864-3982), SUA Office–Kansas Union (785-864-SHOW), and online at All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are: adult $49; KU, Haskell students/children (child: 0-18 years of age) $25. Other discounts may apply: please contact the ticket office for details. All orders may be made using MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.


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