Fantasia and Dulé Hill Pay Homage to Harlem’s Cotton Club in “After Midnight”

Fantasia and Dulé Hill Pay Homage to Harlem’s Cotton Club in “After Midnight”

“After Midnight,” formerly known as “Cotton Club Parade” officially opened on November 3rd at the Cotton Club transformed Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The Broadway phenomenon features the greatest music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s golden age into the 21st century featuring 25 vocalists and dancers performing numbers set against a backdrop of Langston Hughes’ poetry.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the show comes to Broadway after two popular engagements at New York City Center Encores, where it was conceived by producer Jack Viertel. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia Barrino is the show’s first rotating headliner, until February 9th (K.D. Lang, Babyface and Toni Braxton follow with special guest appearances in 2014). Mirroring the tradition of revolving guests at the Cotton Club in its heyday, the musical aims to recruit contemporary artists in limited engagements throughout its run in the hopes of attracting music fans beyond the regular Broadway demographic.

Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, who appeared in the revue at New York City Center, reprises her performance in the Broadway engagement, which also features Tony Award nominees Desmond Richardson and Karine Plantadit, Grammy Award nominee Everett Bradley and Emmy Award-nominated actor Dulé Hill (Stick Fly, The Tap Dance Kid, “The West Wing,” “Psych”) as “The Host” of the evening.

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