The cast and creative team of the Tony Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight, welcomed back Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino as “Special Guest Star” Tuesday evening May 13th to cheers and standing ovations.
Fantasia will appear for a four-week engagement (5/13/14 – 6/8/14) leading up to the Tony Awards on June 8, 2014. After Midnight has 7 Tony Award Nominations including Best Musical, Best featured Actress Adriane Lenox, Best direction Warren Carlyle, Best choreography Warren Carlyle, Best costume design Isabel Toldeo, Best lighting design Howell Binkley and Best sound design Peter Hylenski.The evocative new musical After Midnight takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.
Following Fantasia, special guest stars will include: Patti LaBelle (June 10-29); Gladys Knight (July 8-Aug 3) and Natalie Cole (Aug. 5-31).
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