Photo Coverage: Wynton Marsalis Makes Guest Appearance in AFTER MIDNIGHT!
Just last night, the Tony Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight, welcomed Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis to the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars for one night only. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos 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 Midnightcelebrates 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 Midnight 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 actressVanessa Williams (4/1/14 - 5/11/14), Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia 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). Fantasia has returned toAfter Midnight for a four-week engagement (5/13/14 - 6/8/14) leading up to the Tony Awards on June 9, 2014.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride