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Guys, dolls, big people, and people who ain't misbehaving are set to take the stage as Music Theatre Louisville prepares its summer season.

Music Theatre Louisville will hold three shows during the 2011 season, including Ain't Misbehavin (June-July), Guys and Dolls (July), and Big the Musical (August.)  All shows will occur at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts, located at 501 West Main Street in downtown Louisville.

Season tickets are now available for Music Theatre Louisville. Adult season tickets are $75, seniors 60 and over are $60, students 13 to college age are $60, and children 12 years and young are $33.  Ticket information can be found at the Music Theatre website or by calling 502-498-2436.

Ain't Misbehavin

Take a trip back to the sounds and vibes of the 1930s Harlem Renaissance in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, which will open Music Theatre Louisville's season in June.

Ain't Misbehavin follows the life and times of jazz great Thomas Fats Waller as he sings and swings his way through the various clubs and even Tin Pan Alley, the mecca of entertainment in the 1930s.  Waller composed many hits during this era, including the title song, and several of his songs will be performed during the show.

Plenty of other songs are aimed to get fingers snapping, feet tapping, or people out of their chairs, including the Jitterbug Waltz, Spreading Rhythm Around, and This Joint is Jumpin.

The musical ran for nearly three years in its original run on Broadway, from May 1978 to February 1982 at the Longacre, Plymouth, and Belasco theatres.  The show was then revived in 1988-89 at the Ambassador Theatre.  The song Ain't Misbehavin, meanwhile, has been place in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

Music Theatre Louisville will present Ain't Misbehavin at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts from June 24-July 2. Shows on June 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, July 1, and 2 will go on at 7 p.m. each night.  Matinees will occur on June 26 and July 2 at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Guys and Dolls

A love bet turns into a complicated yet comedic evening in the musical Guys and Dolls, which Music Theatre Louisville will present in July.

In Guys and Dolls, Sarah Brown is a pure-at-heart soul who leads the Save-A-Soul Mission on a endeavour to find sinners.  Nathan Detroit, seeing a gambling opportunity, gets Sky Masterson, a big-time gambler with perhaps a bigger ego, to bet that Sky can get any girl into the club Havana.

Sky takes the opportunity to court Brown via joining her mission. What follows are moments of musical mayhem, including a riot, and the performance of memorable songs such as the title song, Luck Be a Lady, and Sit Down, You're Rockin the Boat.

Frank Loesser contributed music and lyrics to Guys and Dolls while Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling wrote the book.  The musical is based on Damon Runyon's story The Idyll of Sarah Brown.

Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950 and ran for three years at the 46th Street Theatre.  Guys and Dolls has since been revived on Broadway five times, including a limited run in 2009.

Music Theatre Louisville will present Guys and Dolls in the Bomhard Theater at Kentucky Center from July 15-23.  Shows will take place at 7 p.m. on July 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.  Matinee shows will go on at 1:30 p.m. on July 17 and 23.

Big the Musical

Closing out the season will be the musical based on the Tom Hanks movie of the same name, Big, which Music Theatre Louisville will present in August.

Big, the Musical features Josh, a 12-year-old who is sick of being small.  After a disasterous attempt to talk to a 13-year-old and not being the right size for a carnival ride, Josh longs to become bigger.  He makes that wish in a carnival game.

When he wakes up, he will find himself much bigger, and older, as he learns what its like to be grown up.  Mistaken identities, missed appointments, and dancing on a toy store piano are soon in the works of hilarity for Josh.

Big, the movie, starring Tom Hanks, debuted in 1987 and features the iconic dancing on the piano scene in FAO Schwartz.  The musical, meanwhile, debuted on Broadway in 1996 at the Shubert Theatre.  The musical comedy features Richard Maltby, Jr.'s lyrics, John Weldon's book, and David Shire's music.

Music Theatre Louisville will present Big the Musical in the Bomhard Theater at Kentucky Center from August 5-14.  Evening shows will be at 7 p.m. on August 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.  Matinee shows, meanwhile, will go on at 1:30 p.m. on August 6, 7, and 14.

More information on any of the shows, season ticket opportunities, or Music Theatre Louisville in general can be found at the theatre company's website.

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A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for Louisville.com since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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