Ain't Misbehavin'
posted: March 18, 2009
The Ahmanson Theatre in downtown LA is staging a revival of the Fats Waller musical revue ‘Ain’t Misbehavin.’  Theater posters can be a nightmare because there are so many cooks in the kitchen, everyone involved in the production gets to voice an opinion, Also, there are many different formats that the art has to be used in and sometimes the poster gets compromised and doesn’t really work well in any of the applications.

This one went very smoothly thanks to Center Theatre Group’s gracious art director Charity Capili. I let her know that I’d be happy to design separate pieces to fit the important applications, and we worked together on light pole banners, program covers and a large 19-foot banner for the Music Center plaza. She does owe me a drink at the bar.
light pole banners...
Plaza banner...
Title treatment...
Background art for misc usages...
Of course, Fats Waller was a legendary songwriter, stride piano player and character of the Harlem Renaissance. I borrowed heavily from another cat who spent a lot of his time in Harlem, the great Miguel Covarrubias.
Steve B March 18, 2009
Paul: The Joint IS Jumpin' in this poster. Much funner than the original. The spirit of Fats lives. Your pedal extremities really are obnoxious. One doesn't know do one.
Doug Fraser March 18, 2009
It's the way you design every inch! You're makin' me believe again. No fat on this one. There's subtlety, and energy in there.
Stephen Kroninger March 18, 2009
Terrific poster. I mostly see Covarrubias in the heavy set lady on the right but I guess you mean you were channeling his spirit. The drawing appears to be all yours.
Joe Ciardiello March 18, 2009
Beautiful design, great rhythm
Kyle T. Webster March 18, 2009
Not much to say, I suppose, other than that this poster takes many others to SCHOOL!
Owen Freeman March 20, 2009
This came out fantastic! I really dig the hands interacting with the banner and the figures weight against the curve of the brim. Great work all around Paul!
Jeffrey Smith March 22, 2009
Paul, That is a beautiful poster! Great color, rhythm and typography. Not bad for a civil war illustrator!
Andy Ward April 2, 2009
Hi Paul, i missed this post first time round - beautiful! So much movement, really comes to life. Great job! 626 564 8728