Langley’s OutCast celebrates Harlem Renaissance, Waller

“Ain’t Misbehavin”: OutCast Productions in Langley is putting some swing into its new production with a somewhat biographical look into the life of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fats Waller.

This musical revue is known for catching the spirit of Harlem in the 1930s, otherwise known as the Harlem Renaissance. The swing music emerged from lower class dives where piano players belted out the new music of that era.

Waller was part of that music scene and then rose to international fame with performances at the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The show splices humor in between the music as the cast delivers jokes along with Waller’s toe-tapping tunes.

Singers Anthony Caldwell, Joseph Glasgow, Germaine Kornegay, Anjelica Glasgow and Allenda Jenkins “capture the myriad moods and the musical soul” of the music of that time, according to a press release.

There’s a live orchestra that includes Brian Bernathy on trombone, Mallory Hunt on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Karen Johnson on trumpet, Richard Hughes on string bass and Scott Small on drums, the press release said.

“Ain’t Misbehavin” runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 22, 23, 29 and 30; at 7:30 p.m. March 28; and at 2 p.m. March 24.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $14 for students and seniors. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com or reserve with an email to ocp@whidbey.com and then pay at the door by cash or check.

For more information about the show go to www.outcastproductions.com.

“Project 6”: Opening tonight, Seattle Dance Project will present works by Seattle based choreographer Jason Ohlberg, including the premiere of his “Gloria.”

Expect to see lots of lush movement with emotional highlights and “human entanglement,” as this 90-minute production also includes an encore performance of last year’s “Departure From 5th,” according to a press release.

The program includes:

“Gloria”: The center of this piece is Vivaldi’s master choral work and though previously only half of the score had been choreographed, Ohlberg has completed work for this performance.

“Departure From 5th”: An original work that reveals the soul of a dancer faced with the inevitable time in life where the dancer must leave the stage behind in a combination performance that balances humor with heartfelt observations.

“Project 6” opens at 8 tonight and runs at various times through March 30 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle.

Single tickets start at $25.

Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org.

Herald staff

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