Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
Fantasia Barrino. Courtesy, O&M Co.
After Midnight, which captures the spirit of the renowned Harlem hotspot the Cotton Club, was staged twice to great fanfare at City Center as Cotton Club Parade. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the musical now comes to Broadway as a Jazz Age showcase for the music of Duke Ellington and others, played by a 17-piece band led by Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director, Wynton Marsalis. Psych's Dule Hill provides the narration, navigating around bluesy standards and infectious dance numbers that encompass tap, swing and even a little break dancing. Fashion designer Isabel Toledo (Michelle Obama wore her dress for the 2008 inauguration) and her husband, Ruben, make their Broadway debut with the show's dancehall-ready costumes. Just like the real Cotton Club, which closed its doors in 1940, After Midnight will have celebrity nights where big-name guests join the performance. Fantasia Barrino is up first.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. Previews start October 18; opens November 3.