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Concord theater to host 'Ain't Misbehavin' ' touring show

A professional touring production of the Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin' " is coming to the Davis Theatre in Concord at 8 p.m. Feb. 3.

The touring show is part of the theater's flagship "On Stage at the Davis" series, organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council. The theater is at 65 Union St. S. in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse.

Tickets are limited and available for $49 each 24 hours a day at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Davis Theatre box office in person or by telephone, 704-920-2753.

"Ain't Misbehavin' " features 30 musical numbers that take the audience on a journey through the Fats Waller songbook and Harlem in its Jazz-Age heyday. It features a dynamic five-member cast in period costumes, accompanied by a band. The cast includes veteran performers M. Martine Allard, Vivian Jett, Ron Lukas and Derrick L. Baker and music director Darius Frowner.

Allard debuted on Broadway at age 13, playing Emma in "The Tap Dance Kid" in 1984, receiving a Theatre World Award and Tony nomination. She went on to appear on the television show "Diff'rent Strokes" and in many operas, including "The Barber of Seville" and "Mikado."

Jett made her Broadway debut in 1980 in "Ain't Misbehavin.' " She has toured in regional productions of the musical as well as in "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" and "The Hattie McDaniel Story."

Lukas starred in the world premiere production of "Bingo Long," a musical version of the movie about the Negro baseball leagues. He has been in regional productions of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair" and has been in several films and on soap operas.

Baker recently appeared in the national tour of "Five Guys Named Moe" as No Moe. He also has been in national tours of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "The Cotton Club," "The Wiz" and "A Chorus Line" and all over Europe in "A Musical Review." A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also is a gifted dancer.

Frowner is a New York City musical director and pianist who plays regularly at the Duplex in Greenwich Village. He recently performed at the United Nations and plays with Joan Rivers at benefit engagements. He has taught at a performing arts school and at NYU.

Read more about "Ain't Misbehavin' " at www.sonicbids.com/AintMisbehavin and about performances at the Davis Theatre at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

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