Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Whidbey Playhouse…probably your best musical experience ever but like every mere human I have my favorite parts.
Where do I start reviewing such a wonderful musical…. Germaine Kornegay is a good starting point. This little songbird captured my soul when she chimed in with, “It’s a sin to tell a lie.” I’ll be secretly in love with her forever, and if my mortal fleshly weakness be known, I felt compelled to rush the stage in her defense when she performed “Mean to Me.” Glancing around, half the audience was engulfed in tears or under the influence of her woe-is-me charm. I’d thought I’d rush to her defense until snapped awake by the animated Anthony Caldwell’s “ Your Feet’s Too Big.” Full of expression and bold lyrics, this dynamic Brother had everyone laughing and rocking and clapping. Anthony, a natural song and dance man with many levels of talent, knows how to work an audience.
Teaming up with Joseph Glasgow on “Fat and Greasy” both got the audience involved with a vocal call and response “Fat and Greasy” chant. Wouldn’t encourage my kids to name-call but harmoniously shouting out “Fat and Greasy” was so natural and fun…at moment…after all it wasn’t directed to a real person…what!… ‘tain’t misbehaving.
Joseph Glasgow’s solo performance of “The Viper’s Drag” (The Reefer Song) teleported us into the mind of a man intoxicated by Happy Smoke. Again engaging the audience, even the most conservatives twitched in their seats wondering what it would be like to be under the influence. Some felt so naturally in tune! Ain’t Misbehavin’ was this young Brother’s first public performance, but with his strong command of body language and vocals, I’ll doubt if it‘ll be a last.
As far Joseph’s lovely wife, Anjelica, thank you for not lifting the roof off the Playhouse and for throttling back during your performance of “I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed.”
Allenda, a seasoned queen of diversity, knows how to get even the smallest notion rocking. My favorite role is when she plays the outspoken, assertive, no fooling around, speak-thy-mind, strong willed Black woman. So much like her on stage as true in real-life. Allenda fit so glove in hand with her performance in “When the Nylons Bloom Again.”