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re: Why no revivals of Ain't Misbehavin' and Sophisticated Ladies?
Posted by: jbronsto 05:04 pm EST 01/02/19
In reply to: re: Why no revivals of Ain't Misbehavin' and Sophisticated Ladies? - mikem 02:28 pm EST 01/02/19

Sophisticated Ladies will likely never be revived as it requires such odd specialists that you are almost certain to have more success creating a new work in that vein (like After Midnight) than attempting to catch that lightning in a bottle again. It is also rather large, expensive, and black for consideration by any of the major regional theatres (and being a revue isn’t likely to interest any big name director who could muscle forward a production). I saw a small touring version of it 8-9 years ago and it truly doesn’t scale down well. Ain’t Misbehavin has other issues. Richard Maltby still is very interested in staging it and it’s format seems to resist radically different versions from the original (note: I worked on four professional productions of this show in the last twelve months). It’s roles are also poor fits for our current black musical theatre stars and it has been seen as a star driven piece (even though it originally created stars instead of featuring them). It is tough to imagine La Chanze, Audra McDonald, Adrienne Warren, or Billy Porter in any of the Ain’t tracks. However it is done pretty regularly regionally and on tours and I suspect New York will eventually see that title again. But I suspect it will be off-broadway where the show originated as it rarely ends up playing at a size that demands a broadway house.
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