On this day, in 1978 at the Longacre Theatre, Ain't Misbehavin' opened on Broadway. Starring Nell Carter and Charlaine Woodard (both whom would win Tony Awards for their performances), it would go on to be nominated for five Tony Awards, winning three, including Best Musical.
A musical revue with a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., it paid tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 1930s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance. The title takes its name from a 1929 Fats Waller song. The show has since had revivals on Broadway and had national tours.
At the Tony Awards:
From a televised broadcast:
The whole show: