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Review: Ain't Misbehavin' at the Athenaeum

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Ain't Misbehavin, the songbook musical celebrating black musicians involved in the Harlem Renaissance, featured five of indy's' strongest black voices in a now-ended run staged by the Indiana Performing Arts Centre. Joyce Licorish's silky smooth voice was perfectly complemented by the deep resonant tones of Deaon Smith. Sedalia Marie Brown's powerful chops were beautifully complimented with her consistently captivating attitude. The spunky Brian Kelly brought sheer vocal charisma to the stage. Angela Shaunette Felix was the weakest of the bunch vocally, which only speaks to the quality of the voices overall.

However, articulation was an issue, making it extremely difficult to understand any words spoken by the singers. In addition, each largely failed to emotionally communicate through the songs. Finally, soundproofing at the Athenaeum will be welcomed by any evening production. During a performance last weekend, the bass beats of Polka Boy thumped through the walls throughout the duration. Ended September 30 at Athenaeum Theater

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