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Arena Players brings the Harlem Renaissance to life in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”

Photo credit: Felicia Chapple

Arena Players’ production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” charms with charismatic performances, dapper costumes and the infectious joy of its Harlem Renaissance-inspired score.

A five-person cast sings this musical revue, named for a Fats Waller song, celebrating the scene of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance and haunts like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom through more than two dozen exuberant, cheeky and tender songs. The Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway in 1978, and has been a favorite musical revue for the past 40 years.

BROS and Arena Players’ Collab, ‘Constellations and Crossroads,’ Traverses a Racial Divide in Baltimore’s Theater Scene

Valerie Lewis as famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in “Determination of Azimuth.” Photo by Sam Shank of Odd Brain Creative, courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

Seated in the lobby of the Arena Players building on McCulloh Street, artistic director Donald Owens says he was instinctively suspicious when the Baltimore Rock Opera Society approached him about a collaboration.

Baltimore Rock Opera Society to Link Up with Arena Players for Pair of Short Plays in 2018

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With a bit of financial backing from the city, Baltimore’s DIY rock opera collective is linking up with Baltimore’s Arena Players for a two-part production in early 2018.