Ain't Misbehavin'

Near West Theatre

Cleveland, OH (Gordon Square)
Community Theatre

Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horowitz
Created and Originally Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Musical Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliot

February 10 - February 19, 2023

Show Description:

Journey with us to the Golden Age of the Cotton Club for a sassy, swinging, and sultry evening celebrating the music of inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller! This Tony Award-winning musical tribute features five triple threat performers sharing some of Waller's beloved tunes including, "Honeysuckle Rose", "Handful of Keys", "Your Feet's Too Big" and many more! A handful of keys and a song to sing, now how could you ask for more?

Staff and Cast

Directors:  Mariah Burks and Kenya Woods
Musical Director: Edward Ridley Jr.

A. Harris Brown - Andre
Kyla Burks - Armelia
Sara Chapman - Charlaine
Alexis Maxine - Nell
Anthony Savage Williams - Ken
Isaiah Blue - Swing
Carmen Rey - Swing


7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays

Runtime: 2h (includes 10m intermission)


$15 or Pay What You Can

(216) 961-6391

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Health and Safety Guidelines


Tickets are emailed to patrons to limit the buildup of traffic in our entryway. Tickets can be presented on a cellphone from a confirmation email or they can be printed at home. For patrons that cannot access either of these options, we will be able to look up your tickets at the Box Office.

Please have your tickets ready and on hand when arriving at the doors of the theatre. Patrons should arrive with their whole group, ready to be seated.

There is a 10-minute intermission for the audience to use the restrooms and head outside to the Sullivan Plaza for fresh air.

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As of July 1, 2022, Near West Theatre is no longer requiring audience members to wear masks during performances on our mainstage. Masks are still highly recommended and we ask those that are unvaccinated to please mask while in our building. Cloth, surgical, and KN95 masks are all accepted. Surgical masks are available free of charge at the box office.

The house will remain at full capacity. Reserved seating is available.

Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms or feeling ill, is asked to stay home. Arrangements can be made with Near West Theatre for an alternate date or refund.

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Near West Theatre has endured significant financial loss due to the cancellation of live performances since March of 2020. If able, you are invited to make an additional donation when you purchase your tickets to a show, or you can give here. Your support enables us to keep ticket pricing low for all members of our community.

Content Advisories

Rated PG-13


Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102