Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse and actor Tyrone Huntley will lead the creative team of a new production of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Huntley will make his directorial debut and Mabuse, who is known for performing as a professional dancer on Strictly, will make her debut as a theatre choreographer in the first London revival of the musical in 25 years.
The show, which celebrates jazz musician Fats Waller, will premiere at the Mercury Theatre Colchester from March 15 to 30.
It will then transfer to Southwark Playhouse in London, where it will run from April 19 to June 1.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony award for best musical.
The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.
Orchestrations and arrangements are by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts are by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements are by Gutcheon and William Elliott.
The musical is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company.