"After Midnight" is the evocative story which takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of sound. The performances will be heart-pounding and mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate 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 will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway. As they prepare to make their Broadway debut in After Midnight, the incredible ensemble offered a sneak peek of the new musical with the assistance of stars Fantasia, Dulé Hill and Adriane Lenox. The performances were directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle,
After Midnight will begin preview performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on Friday, October 18, 2013 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 3, 2013.