Broadway star Lillias White heads the cast in This Joint is Jumpin,’ a fusion of live jazz, thrilling tap dancing and storytelling that celebrates the work of jazz icon Fats Waller.
This Joint is Jumpin,’ which runs at The Other Palace Studio from April 4, is produced by Hoagy B. Carmichael, son of the legendary American composer Hoagy Carmichael.
Lillias White, the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Broadway star of Dreamgirls, The Life and Netflix’s The Get Down will make her London debut and star alongside British actor Samuel Anderson.
She made her Broadway debut in Barnum in 1981. She also understudied the role of Effie in the original 1981 production of Dreamgirls and played the part in the 1987 revival, for which she won the Drama League Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Lillias has also appeared on Broadway in Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago, and Fela!.
For her role in Cy Coleman’s The Life, she won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of a world-weary, no-nonsense, streetwise hooker named Sonja.
British actor Samuel Anderson is best known on TV as series regulars Danny Pink in Doctor Who, Daniel in the Sky1 comedy Trollied, and Fingers in Gavin & Stacey.
On stage he created the role of Crowther in the 2004 National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and he performed the same role in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington, and Hong Kong productions.
The red-hot cast also features internationally celebrated tap dance artist Michela Marino Lerman, Princess Grace Award winner tap dancer Joseph Wiggan (Shuffle Along, Cirque du Soliel’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour) and critically acclaimed vocalist Michael Mwenso.
With them will be The Shakes – musicians Dion Keith Kerr IV on bass, Mathis Picard on piano, Mark Kavuma on trumpet, Kyle Poole on drums, Ruben Fox on tenor saxophone, and the remarkable South African Jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe.
This Joint Is Jumpin’ plays at The Other Palace Studio from April 4-15.