Community, Live Music, Live Theater, Local, Park Forest, Theater

“Ain’t Misbehavin'” Takes Center Stage at The Drama Group

A Musical Ode to Harlem’s Jazz Age

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Amidst the winter chill, The Drama Group is electrified to announce the arrival of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” to its stage, promising audiences a journey back to the vibrant era of the 1920s jazz scene. With Cordaro Johnson at the helm as Director, Elliott Bell as Music Director, and Liza Marie as Choreographer, the production breathes new life into the legendary repertoire of Fats Waller, evoking the ambiance of the iconic Cotton Club in Harlem.

Set to captivate audiences from February 16 to 24, with additional matinee performances on February 24 and 25, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” promises an evening of exuberant entertainment. The Drama Group, known for its commitment to accessibility, offers online ticketing through BookTix Ticketing and Livestreaming, ensuring seamless access for all art enthusiasts.

Celebrating the essence of the Harlem Renaissance, the musical pays homage to the black musicians whose talents illuminated the era’s cultural landscape. Named after Waller’s timeless classic, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the production echoes the rhythms of Manhattan’s vibrant nightlife and the soulful melodies that filled its clubs and dives.

Through Community Outreach Programs, The Drama Group reaffirms its dedication to nurturing young talent, partnering with the Merit School of Music to provide thousands of Chicagoland youth with enriching musical education. The collaboration aims to foster creativity and passion in aspiring musicians, ensuring that the legacy of jazz continues to inspire future generations.

As the curtains rise on “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” audiences are invited to immerse themselves in an evening of nostalgia, laughter, and toe-tapping melodies. With each note echoing the spirit of a bygone era, The Drama Group invites patrons to join them on a journey where every chord celebrates life’s pleasures and joys.





Anthony Augustine


Chicago, IL

Kentrell Dawson


Chicago, IL

Liane Williams


Chicago, IL

Erline Dorcy


Chicago Heights, IL

Marquetta Jackson


Chicago, IL

Lauren Jackson

Bartender / Understudy

Hammond, IN









Chicago, IL

Marylee Hoganson

Asst Director

Homewood, IL

Elliott Bell

Music Director

Chicago, IL

Liza Marie



Russ Hoganson

Scenic Design

Homewood, IL

Jennifer Larkin

Lighting Design

New Lenox, IL

Stephen Lopez

Sound Director

Chicago, IL

Stacy Norris

Sound Assistant


Qiana McNary Licorish



Suzanne Ashlock

Asst Costumes

Homewood, IL

Kyna Simpson

Make Up Design

Park Forest, IL

Didi Roby

Hair Design


Ken Hawkley

Construction Lead

Homewood, IL

Arlene Freeman

Props / Decor

South Holland, IL

Tina Zagone

Props / Décor

Olympia Fields, IL

Jane Nix

Artistic Scenic Paint

Olympia Fields, IL

Barbie Whitney

Paint crew

Richton Park, IL

Ken Hawkley

Stage Manager

Homewood, IL

Rose Crockett

Production Manager

Chicago Heights, IL

Diane Kaffka


Tinley Park, IL

Tina Zagone

Publicity / Marketing

Olympia Fields, IL

Tosha Sampson

Audition vocal coach


Jeremiah Johnson

Audition vocal coach


MaryEllen Fawk

Set pieces / tables

Chicago Heights, IL

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