Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music.
Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.
Directed by Tyrone Huntley in his directorial debut, and choreographed by Oti Mabuse in her theatrical choreographing debut, this new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years. Tyrone is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (Evening Standard Theatre Award, Olivier Award nomination) and Oti as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Intelligent, boisterous and beautiful this show is a celebration of a pivotal moment in American musical history
A wild and raucous ride from start to finish
A crack cast fire up this romp through Fats Waller’s music, directed by Tyrone Huntley with moves by the Strictly dancer
Songs as fresh today as when they were written nearly 100 years ago
Huntley, Mabuse and their firecracker of a cast have done Mr Waller proud. The joint is indeed jumpin
Tyrone Huntley's directorial debut is boisterous and full of verve
A jazz hot musical
If you’re a fan of this key period in music history, don’t miss out. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had an afterlife closer to W1 after it closes at Southwark in June
Light but lively revival that reflects the energy of the Harlem Renaissance jazz scene
This plot-free revue based on the songs of Fats Waller is fun but thin