Theatre West presents “This Joint Is Jumpin,” a new revue written and produced by Maybin Hewes, directed by Judy Rose, and musical direction is by Ron Rose. This is a co-production of 44th Street Productions and Theatre West. The show opened on February 26, 2022, and will run (with selected dates) through March 6, 2022.
Maybin Hewes has a show business career that spans eight decades. She started out as a child performer in Mississippi, appeared on TV in New Orleans as a teenager, and went on to a lengthy and active career as a dancer and singer in many shows on Broadway, off Broadway, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, on national tours and in regional theatre. She received her Actors’ Equity Card for her first Broadway musical Pal Joey, Her musical theatre credits continued with Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, Annie Get Your Gun, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Kismet, Oklahoma, Carousel, George M, Wonderful Town, and more. Her many TV credits include Ed Sullivan, The Today Show, Ally McBeal, The Sid Caesar Show, King of Queens, Gilmore Girls, Bunheads, and more. In the aughts, she developed a show at Theatre West called Still Struttin’, about her life in show business. That show ultimately toured coast-to-coast.
Now, at 91, Ms. Hewes asserts that she is ready to do her “last big show.” Before she puts her tap shoes away, she has created a new revue, This Joint Is Jumpin’. Together with a group of talents from a new generation of performers, she’ll present lots of dancing (with dancers who know how), lots of singing (with great songs from a time where lyrics made sense and melodies were tuneful), live music, and comedy sketches (funny stuff with no four-letter expletives) that keep things fast-paced.
Joining Ms. Hewes on stage are Anna Gagliardo, Nicole Gianuca, Arlene Parness, Mitchell Roché, Lauren Sullivan, and Sydney Swearengin.
Covid safety protocols in effect on the dates of performances will be observed. As of this writing, this means that audience members must be vaccinated (with a vax card or digital record) and masked.
Maybin Hewes is part of a show business family. Her late husband, Don Sherman was a comedian of note, a writer (The Love Boat, The Bobby Darin Show, Swingin’ Country, Bridget Loves Bernie), an actor (four of the Rocky movies and lots of episodic television) and a TV host (Famous Morris on KCOP Channel 13). Her daughter, Amy Sherman-Palladino, is the creator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (winning her six Emmy® Awards), Bunheads, Gilmore Girls and other series.
Admission is $35 per person;
What: “This Joint Is Jumpin”
Where: Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068. This is near Universal City, North Hollywood and Studio City. There is parking available in a lot across the street.
When: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:00pm; Sunday, February 27 at 2:00pm; Saturday, March 5 at 7:00pm; Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm;
Phone: (323) 851-7977