Photo Coverage: AFTER MIDNIGHT Welcomes Back Fantasia!
Just last night, 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." Fantasia Barrino returns to Broadway in the role she originated for a four-week engagement, leading up to the Tony Awards on June 9, 2014.
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." AfterMidnight reintroduces this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical's run. Recently staring multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams (4/1/14 - 5/11/14), Grammy Award-winning recording artistFantasia 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) and Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (3/17/14 - 3/30/14).
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
Dule Hill, Fantasia Barrino