Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole join AFTER MIDNIGHT Summer 2014

HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Well, damn, AFTER MIDNIGHT came through in the casting department. That's quite a summer they're going to have at the Brooks Atkinson. Not sure how they're going to top that. I feel kinda bad for poor Vanessa Williams, whose ticket sales have been pretty dismal. Now everyone is going to wait until she's gone to buy their tickets. So, we have the following guest stars coming up:

Now - May 11: Vanessa Williams
May 13 - June 8: Fantasia returns
June 10 - June 29: Patti LaBelle
July 1 - July 6: BIG FAT MYSTERY (Hmmm)
July 8 - August 3: Gladys Knight
August 5 - August 31: Natalie Cole





PLAYBILL: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole Join Roster of Guests for Tony-Nominated Musical After Midnight
Updated On: 5/14/14 at 06:49 PM
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
I really hope that July 1 - July 6 thing isn't an Aretha Franklin joke. Because that's just mean.
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
You find the fat joke you introduced to the thread to be mean?!
formerly oasisjeff on here.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Ha. Jordan! No, it was not a Re-Re fat joke. I do not make fun of the Queen of Soul. I love her, her music and her hats.

That said, i suppose the two choices are: no guest star that week or a REALLY big get they're waiting to confirm. I'm gonna guess it's the former. That's what happened the last time there was a gap in the schedule between guest stars.
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
Considering that week is where Independence Day falls in, they might be better off without any shows that week. And July 4 falls on a Friday, which likely means poor grosses for most shows that weekend.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Is that a thing? Do Broadway shows ever go dark the week of July 4?
Blackbird3
Understudy
joined:11/21/13
Take this with a huge grain of salt, but I overheard today at the theater that they were looking at Queen Latifah for a guest spot. I don't know if it's confirmed, but perhaps she could be taking over that week?

Updated On: 4/30/14 at 08:01 PM
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
Does her talk show tape in LA, Chicago or New York??

I also wonder who they have up their sleeves for the Fall, or if the show will even remain open by then? Of course, Fantasia could always return.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Not surprised at all -- imagine she's always been on their shortlist. She's big, but is she big enough for a 1-week run? Perhaps they're looking at her for a post-summer run? Did her dreadful talk show get renewed?
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
I've seen an interview where the Queen said she wouldn't do Broadway because the schedule was too taxing. But a gurl can change her mind. I'd pay to see Tony Bennett.
theaterfan862
Featured Actor
joined:5/10/10
I feel sorry for the people that are gonna hear Patti Labelle butcher those great songs!! I would love to see Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole in the show though! They are good choices.
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
I love Patti LaBelle and all her excesses, but I do wonder if Wynton & co can reign in the diva. She sure knows how to oversell a song. Did anyone see her in FELA!? How was she?
haterobics
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/14
"Is that a thing? Do Broadway shows ever go dark the week of July 4?"

Nope, some will alter their schedule that week, though. For the ones that don't, I know I've gotten GREAT deals if you're OK being in the theater when all the fireworks are going off. I'm not a huge fan of fireworks, so I'd much rather a good theater deal.
formerly oasisjeff on here.
ncgator
Chorus Member
joined:6/17/08
Hmm, no I have a decision to make - After Midnight with Gladys Knight or Lady Day with Audra on July 19th. Both are 90 minutes shows that could be squeezed in before Hedwig if I really want a three show day...
justincharacter
Broadway Star
joined:6/11/13
Overly ecstatic to see Patti LaBelle is signed on! They went for the perfect casting this Summer. Hoping to see attendance and sales go through the roof. Can they slide in a re-orchestrated "bonus number" of Licence to Kill for Mrs. Knight please? Seriously, the song is a masterpiece (as I consider it the second best Bond theme). I am predicting the big name is either Jennifer Holliday or Hudson
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04


Brilliant casting!


yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
Melissa25
Stand-by
joined:5/20/12
I wanted to see Vanessa but now I'll have to wait for Gladys. Psyched!
Someone in a Tree2
Broadway Star
joined:10/9/12
For ncgator-- though we are huge fans of the incomparable Audra, we found Lady Day not much of a play and certainly not much of a musical-- basically a cabaret act with Audra doing a great job of mimicking a singer whose instrument was much weaker than her own. Some gorgeous work there, but a very small meal.

After Midnight, on the other hand, is dynamite stuff! Spectacular dancing, a brilliant 20-piece live swing band onstage, magical costumes, awesome specialty acts, in parts a true time-tripping tour of vintage Cotton Club vaudeville. It's not really a musical play either, but you leave the theater euphoric!

And for those who are sad to be missing Vanessa Williams' stint here, oh don't be. No offense to Miss Williams, but she is among the least of the potent attractions on that stage. It's the permanent cast that knocks your socks off here, not the guest star.
luvcaroline
Leading Actor
joined:10/19/05
For those who get to see Gladys in this, you are in for a treat! We saw her in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and it was one of our favorite Las Vegas shows ever. One of the most distinctive voices of our time is just as soulful and beautiful as ever, with a stage presence to match. I would love to see what she brings to After Midnight. I get goosebumps thinking about it.
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
I am BEYOND excited for Patti Labelle! CAN NOT WAIT!! she gets a lot of hate, but whatevs
Darreyl with an L!
luvcaroline
Leading Actor
joined:10/19/05
I agree with you darrey, the hate is definitely not deserved. We also had the good fortune of seeing Patti live, in an Oklahoma casino, no less. She was wonderful and over-the-top. Gladys and Patti could not be more different as far as entertainers go. It will be very interesting to see what each of them bring to the role. Would love to be able to see both!
Susanswerphone
Understudy
joined:4/26/14
Wow! I'd pay full price for Gladys and Natalie both. Makes me want to see a not-so-great show again--especially if the show-stopping Adriane Lenox is still there!
I'd have to check TKTS first for Miss Patti. I just don't think this is the right show for her. Fantasia seemed waaayyy out of her comfort zone, almost sad to be there, the night I saw it. Did anyone see KD Lang? Was it the train wreck I imagine?
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Susanswerphone is to After Midnight as HorseTears is to Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

(Do they still do those on the SAT?)

Eris0303
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/07
I wanted to see Vanessa but now I'll have to wait for Gladys. Psyched!

Why wait? Go twice
"All our dreams can come true -- if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney We must have different Gods. My God said "do to others what you would have them do to you". Your God seems to have said "My Way or the Highway".
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
So, apparently, Wynton Marsalis made a surprise cameo appearance at tonight's performance -- on trumpet, of course. PIC HERE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=648160258585714&set=a.491865060881902.1073741828.488984391169969&type=1&theater


Also, in case it's of interest, I just got emailed this offer for 35% off orch and front mez tickets for Fantasia's run.


DISCOUNT OFFER - 35% off After Midnight Tix
Updated On: 5/14/14 at 11:18 PM
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
After Midnight has always had some kind of discount available.


Playbills' discount - $89 weeknights/$99 weekends
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.

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