Show Business: Stompin' Smash

Fats city on Broadway

Music everywhere, feet are pattin', Puttin 'tempo in old Manhattan.

Everybody is out high-hattin', Spreadin 'rhythm around.

To most people, those are the lyrics of a 1935 Fats Waller song, Spreadin' Rhythm Around. But to audiences at Broadway's Longacre Theater, they are official marching orders, a direct command from the feet to the brain. Not since Fats was tapping the keys back in speakeasy days has old Manhattan had such a good high-hattin' time as it does in Ain 't Misbehavin', a musical collection of 30 songs Waller composed or helped...

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