The Center for the Arts will be rockin’ and rollin’ in October with John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party” on Oct. 5 and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” on Oct. 12.
“Winter Dance Party” is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. The 7:30 p.m. concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high-voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” and many more.
Mueller, the critically-acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story,” performs as Buddy Holly and Linwood Sasser fills the legendary footsteps of the Big Bopper. Ray Anthony performs as Ritchie Valens and is a renowned star of the “Legends of Rock and Roll” show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. The authentic and energetic four-piece band (guitar, drums, stand up bass and sax) includes Grammy-winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.
When “Ain’t Misbehavin’” opened on Broadway, it made history by winning every Tony award, including best musical. Reviewer Clive Barnes predicted “Ain’t Misbehavin’” would be “a joyous celebration that is going to cross the world.” Well, that time is now, with an exciting new production of this award-winning musical coming to the Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
“Ain’t Misbehavin’” encompasses 30 show-stopping musical numbers that take you on a journey not only through the Fats Waller song book, but through Harlem in its heyday. With snazzy period costumes, complete with bowlers and spats and ermine and pearls, the dynamic five-member cast turns the theatre into a rollicking rent party.
You don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” like Fats Waller himself you just have to love a good time. The cast brings audience members onto the stage to dance, sing and have a good time. This fast-paced romp takes you where the high-steppers partied, from honky-tonk dives to the Cotton Club, from Tin Pan Alley to The Waldorf. It’s a night of entertainment you won’t soon forget.
Tickets are available online at uscbcenterforthearts.com or at the box office at 843-521-4145. Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military, and $15 for students.