Ain’t Misbehavin’


Ain’t Misbehavin’

in conjunction with


Starring Joy Gregory, Kim Pacheco, Tracy Byrd, Stephanie Newkirk, Markus Temoney

Directed by Joy Gregory

Choreography by Tracy Byrd

Music Direction by Chiaki Ito

SHOW DATES:  October 18-20 & 25-27

All shows at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm

TICKETS:  Click here or call

  1. (910)515-3327 or

(910) 264-2602

ABOUT THE SHOW: The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930's Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best.

The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Assembled under the expert eye of director/lyricist  Richard Maltby, Jr., AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is simply unforgettable.

The cast of Ain’t Misbehavin’

Kim Pacheco

Kim Pacheco, native of Wilmington is returning to perform in the production. "I am thrilled to be a part of the legacy of Jazz Music. Ain't Misbehavin' was the first the Thalian production that I remember seeing as a child.

Thank you always to friends who support and family who continue to allow me to exist in the arts with zero reservations. Congratulations to the family of cast mates; You make it easy to stand on stage and create! Yas!!!"

Joy Gregory

Joy Ducree Gregory is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to present and perform Ain't Misbehavin'. Favorite past performances include Hello Dolly! (Dolly), Rent (Joanne), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ) and The Color Purple (Sofia), to name a few. As the founder and managing director of True 2 You Productions, trust me, I do not plan to be on the stage much after this production! However, I had to take the opportunity to share the stage one more time with such great performers and friends. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this production. Thank you Justin, Chiaki, and for your support, encouragement, and collaboration. Thank you Tracy for being willing to work so very hard to choreograph this show. I'm so proud of you.  I'd also like to thank my family for your consistent love and understanding. I love you all so very much. Keep your eyes and ears open for True 2 You Productions 2014 season! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Tracy Byrd

Tracy Byrd ( choreographer) Tracy Byrd is so excited to be apart of True 2 You Productions. His last performance was in "Brooklyn" The Musical where he played the Streetsinger. Some of his other credits include "The Color Purple" Grady,"A Chorus Line" Richie,"Avenue Q" Gary Coleman,"Five Guys Named Moe" No Moe/Ass.Dir.,and "Hairspray" Seaweed. He would like to thank the cast for all their hard work. He also wants to thank Justin and Chiaki for believing in us AND especially Joy for helping make one of his dreams come true." Let's get this company going!"

Stephanie Newkirk

Stephanie is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of True 2 You’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin'.   Reuniting with a few of The Color Purple’s awesome cast and musicians to spread Fat’s Waller’s rhythm around the stage has been wonderfully exciting!  I thank God for crossing my path with the sensational Joy Gregory and giving her the vision, the strength and supporting members to bring this production to life. Thank God for the talented Chiaki Ito who’s queen of tinkling the ivory.  To my husband, Orlando Newkirk, thank you for your love, patience and the support you continuously give to me.    

Markus Temoney

Markus Temoney a native of Wilmington North Carolina has been a music lover his whole life, starting in the 6th grade on the violin, and then progressed to the piano in the 7th grade. Markus is now the Minister of Music at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ where he has served for the last 15 years. Markus played "The Preacher" in the Wilmington premiere of The Color Purple and is excited about is role in Ain't Misbehavin. Although his experience limited, his spirit is not.

Chiaki Ito

(Music Director/Producer/Piano)

Chiaki is a graduate of NC School of the Arts, UNC-CH, Univ. of Guam and Univ. of SC.  She practices law in New Hanover County and has music directed over 80 musicals.  She enjoys participating in triathlons and spending time with her dog, Elvis.


Star News