Comedian, actor, writer and storyteller Desiree Burch is joining New York’s hottest jazz musicians and tap dancers for the world premiere of This Joint is Jumpin’, a red-hot 1920’s Harlem rent party celebration of jazz icon Fats Waller’s life and music, at The Other Palace Studio from 4 – 15 April. Press night is Thursday 6 April at 7.00pm
This Joint is Jumpin’ is a fusion of live jazz, thrilling tap dancing and storytelling celebrating and radically interpreting jazz icon Fats Waller’s music, breathing new life into classics such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Blue and Honeysuckle Rose. This Joint is Jumpin’ is produced by Hoagy B. Carmichael, son of the legendary American composer Hoagy Carmichael.
Desiree replaces the previously announced British actor Samuel Anderson as the host of the rent party. He is now not available due to work commitments in the USA.
Desiree Burch was raised in L.A., developed artistically in NY and currently resides in London. Her brash and energetic comedy style has been seen on NBC and E4, and made her the winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award for stand-up. As a writer and performer, she makes raw and gutsy work. Her critically-acclaimed solo show 52 Man Pickup has toured internationally and her solo piece Tar Baby won a 2015 Fringe First for new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe.Inspired by a performance aesthetic developed with the New York Neo-Futurists, Desiree performed for several years in the show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and has toured in Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show. You can catch her has a the hilarious roommate Jill on the hit webseries Jack in a Box or as the former Mayor of Night Vale, Pamela Winchell on the top-rated podcast Welcome to Night Vale.
Also in the cast is Lillias White the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Broadway star of Dreamgirls, The Life and Netflix’s The Get Down, making her London debut. She made her Broadway debut in Barnum in 1981.She 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. She 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. 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), critically acclaimed vocalist Michael Mwenso and The Shakes: a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry. The Shakes are 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.
The Director is Patrice Miller. Choreographer Michela Marino Lerman. Musical Director Michael Mwenso.
THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN’
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 15 April
Press night: Thursday 6 April at 7.00pm
Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8.00pm
Fridays 6.30pm & 9.00pm
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm
The Other Palace Studio
12 Palace Street
Box of] fice: 0844 264 2121