AFTER MIDNIGHT's Patti LaBelle Set for Bravo's 'Watch What Happens' 6/17
Bravo has announced that Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle, who just joined the cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical After Midnight, will be a guest on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, on Tuesday, June 17th.
The cast and creative team of After Midnight welcomed Ms. LaBelle as a "Special Guest Star" on June 11th. This past Saturday, producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis announced that After Midnight will play its final performance on Sunday, June 29 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street). At the time of its closing, the show will have run 8 months, with 19 preview performances and 272 regular performances.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, 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.
In its heyday, the Cotton Club featured a cavalcade of guest stars each week, known then as "Celebrity Nights." After Midnightreintroduces this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical's run. Currently staring Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia, who began the tradition (10/18/13 - 2/9/14), followed by four-time Grammy Award-winning icon k.d. lang(2/11/14 - 3/9/14), Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (3/17/14 - 3/30/14) and multi-platinum recording artist and actressVanessa Williams (4/1/14 - 5/11/14). Patti joins After Midnight for a three-week engagement (6/10/14 - 6/29/14).
Photo Credit: Walter McBride