Multi award-winner Lillias White will make her London debut in jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Studio in April.
Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner White (Dreamgirls, The Life) will join British actor Samuel Anderson (best known for his role as Danny Pink in Doctor Who), internationally known tap dance artist Michela Marino Lerman, award-winning tap dancer Joseph Wiggan, vocalist Michael Mwenso and his band The Shakes (Dion Keith Kerr IV on bass, Mathis Picard on piano, Mark Kavuma on trumpet, Kyle Poole on drums, Ruben Fox on tenor saxophone, and South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe).
Produced by Hoagy B. Carmichael, the son of legendary American composer Hoagy Carmichael, This Joint is Jumpin’ will bring its 1920s Harlem party to the former St James Studio from 4-15 April.
Featuring the music of jazz icon Fats Waller, the show will be directed by Patrice Miller, with choreography by dancer Lerman and vocalist Mwenso serving as musical director.
Formerly the St James Theatre, The Other Palace is the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres group. The venue will mark its debut as a new home for musical theatre with the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party which will run from 11 February until 1 April 2017.
The main theatre programme will consist of full productions, work-in-progress productions and festivals of new work. By day the studio will be available for composers, librettists, lyricists, directors and choreographers to discover and create new material. By night the space will build on the St James Studio model to offer a diverse programme including cabaret, music, musical theatre and crossover acts.
A series of unique platforming opportunities for musical theatre in development will also be introduced in the studio; further details will be announced at a later date. The theatre will feature an open mic bar in the hope that it becomes a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.