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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!

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The cast and creative team of the Tony Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight, just welcomed Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle as "Special Guest Star." BroadwayWorld was there for her big night and you can check out photos from her first curtain call below!

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 actress Vanessa Williams (4/1/14 - 5/11/14). Patti joins After Midnight for a three-week engagement (6/10/14 - 6/29/14).

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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Dule Hill and company

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Dule Hill and company

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Dule Hill and company

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Dule Hill and company

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Dule Hill and company

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Patti LaBelle and Dule Hill

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Takes First Bows in Broadway's AFTER MIDNIGHT!
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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