September 10 — September 25, 2021

Conceived by
Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.

The joint is jumping in this lively celebration of Fats Waller!

“The Perfect Broadway Musical!” – New York Magazine

The Fats Waller Musical Show

Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.

It’s a celebration of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, the stride pianist and composer who became a Harlem legend defining the jazz of the 20s and 30s. Rowdy and fun, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is our joyous celebration of the return of theatre. You’ll be tapping your feet to memorable songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Black and Blue,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling.” One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, Ain’t Misbehavin’ has moments of devastating beauty that are simply unforgettable.

Tickets are no longer available for this show.

Important Dates

Monday – Thursday , 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 PM
Saturday, 2:00 PM






GERRY McINTYRE (Director/Choreographer) directed Once On This Island, our last show before shutting down in March 2020. As a performer, Gerry has been seen on Broadway in a number of shows, including Anything GoesOnce On This IslandChicagoUptown It’s Hot, and Joseph…Dreamcoat, a role for which he was one of three Americans chosen to be in the film starring Donny Osmond. Gerry is also a highly sought-after director and choreographer. Major theatres he has worked at throughout the United States include Lions Theatre and York Theater (Off-Broadway), Virginia Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Connecticut Repertory, Gateway Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Le Petit Theatre (New Orleans), Pasadena Playhouse, and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, as well as television programs such as “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Major Dad,” and “Designing Women.”

WILLIAM KNOWLES (Music Director) is looking forward to his first show at Pioneer Theatre Company and his fifth time with Fats Waller and Ain’t Misbehavin’. As a composer, arranger, music director, and pianist, William has worked at regional theatres around the country including, Dallas Theater Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Northlight (Chicago), CenterStage (Baltimore), Indiana Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Metrostage (Alexandria), and Anacostia Playhouse (DC). He has received five Helen Hayes nominations for Musical Direction, winning twice. Originally from Milwaukee, William attended Howard University and University of Massachusetts, and now lives in Washington, DC Offstage, he has released seven jazz CDs with music partner Mark Saltman. Their latest release, titled Almost, spent more than 20 weeks on the jazz charts. Visit and @saltmanknowles.

JO WINIARSKI (Scenic Designer) Jo’s previous designs at PTC were this past winter’s Holiday Windows and The Lifespan of a Fact. Jo’s Off-Broadway credits include Accidentally Brave, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyLove, Loss, and What I Wore; other New York credits include Abingdon Theatre Company, New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company, and Clubbed Thumb. Regional design credits include Guthrie Theater; Arizona Theatre Company; Utah Shakespeare Festival (over 40 shows); The Old Globe; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Dallas Theater Center; and Geva Theatre Center. Additional credits include Wishes for Disney Cruise Line. Jo was art director on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (episodes 1-844) and received an Emmy nomination for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”

SARITA FELLOWS (Costume Designer) New York: Social! (The Park Avenue Armory); A Bright Room Called Day (The Public Theater); Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theater); Hatef**k (WP Theater); Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure (Classical Theatre); A Chronicle of the Death of Two Worlds (New York Theatre Workshop); Loving and Loving (Stella Adler Studio); Robin Hood, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Singing in the Rain (Summer Theater of New Canaan); MUD, Prospect, Fabuloso! (The Boundless Theater Company); An Ordinary Muslim (associate designer, New York Theatre Workshop); Familiar (associate designer, Playwrights Horizon); Turn Me Loose (associate designer, Westside Theater). Regional: Seize the King (Alliance Theatre); Top Girls, Her Portmanteau (American Conservatory Theater); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Signature Theatre); The Royale (Arizona Theatre Company); Having Our Say (Philadelphia Theater Company). Film: Sight Pictures, Everybody Dies, Afronauts, and Dirt. Education: MFA NYU/Tisch. Other: associate professor, Princeton University, adjunct professor, NYU Tisch.

CALVIN ANDERSON (Lighting Designer) is a lighting/projection designer and production manager. Calvin has a strong pull toward the devised, radical, and risky, while leaning toward projects with heart and trust. Preferred genres include dance, theater, live music, opera, cabaret, and drag. Career highlights include The Method Gun (Wesleyan University), Late Night Snacks 2019 (Bearded Ladies Cabaret), Oscar at the Crown (The Neon Coven), The Old Man and the Sea (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and Flipzoids (Generator Theater). Calvin was Lighting Director for Ailey II, and Production Manager for Do You Want a Cookie? (Bearded Ladies Cabaret). He is resident lighting and projection designer with FJK Dance in New York, and has had the privilege to tour the world over with various projects. Calvin is also an educator, mentor, and proud member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and United Scenic Artists Local 829. #blacklivesmatter

AARON HUBBARD (Sound Designer) is enjoying his 14th season with Pioneer Theatre Company in sound mix and design. His favorite productions have been Sting’s The Last Ship, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Next to Normal, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Aaron teaches sound production and recording at Weber State University, and his spare time he records and produces music. His favorite star is his wife Melissa, who puts up with all the late theatre nights.

SAMANTHA WOOTTEN (Hair and Makeup Designer) is excited to join the Pioneer Theatre Company and the University of Utah as Wig Master. Previous career highlights include Washington National Opera in D.C., Glimmerglass Opera in N.Y., Los Angeles Opera in CA, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.



Content Advisory

Ain't Misbehavin'

SYNOPSIS: The Harlem Renaissance comes to life in this three-time Tony award-winning musical revue. Five performers take a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller, the stride pianist and composer who became a Harlem legend in the 20s and 30s. You’ll be tapping your feet to memorable songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Black and Blue,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling.” One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, the sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry Ain’t Misbehavin’ has moments of devastating beauty that are simply unforgettable.


SMOKING AND DRINKING: The characters drink as they visit nightclubs around the boroughs of New York. One song speaks to the marijuana experience, “If You’re a Viper (The Reefer Song).”

SEX: None, though it is alluded to on a couple occasions and in several of the songs.


FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? All audiences can appreciate; teenagers should attend at a parent’s discretion.

RATING: If it were a movie, Ain’t Misbehavin’  would be rated “PG.”


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