BrodwayGlobal shares a sneak peak review of Broadway’s new smash hit musical “After Midnight“. This toe-tapping elegant extravaganza stars Fantasia Barrino. But, American Idol’s Fantasia is not the only star of this hit musical. The Lincoln Center All Stars Orchestra, Dancers, Singers and Choreography make “After Midnight” the most explosive new musical on Broadway. “After Midnight” conceived by Jack Viertel brings back Broadway biggest hits in the style of “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Jelly’s Last Jam“.
The exclusive quotes from “After Midnight” leading producer Scott Sanders himself tell you this musical is steamy hot Harlem. The Broadway tweets about this sexy new musical has set social media on fire. Grammy Award winner Fantasia (The Color Purple) sounds and looks glorious. She makes her highly anticipated return to the Broadway stage, alongside Emmy Award nominee Dule’ Hill (The West Wing). Theatre Chat is happy to share Dulé Hill brings sexy back to Broadway. “After Midnight” is backed up by the most amazing Orchestra that you will ever see on a Broadway stage. The 25 sensational singers and dancers are graced, by a changing roster of special guest headliners.
In an exclusive Scott Sanders says, “The evocative new musical “After Midnight” will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding mind blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences.” “Broadway’s bringing sexy back! ‘After Midnight‘ is the top new musical of the season.” Theatre Chat.
“After Midnight” is Jazz All-Stars, an orchestra of 17 world-class musicians hand-picked by nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis. The orchestra looks as if they are having as much fun as the toe-tapping dancers and gifted singers. The songs of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cab Calloway, and the contemporaries each woven together by the prose of Langston Hughes, come to life in an evening of cutting-edge show stopping numbers of song and dance.
Don’t be fooled by the song list, the choreography is new and creative, bringing a whole new level of entertainment through the use of these iconic songs. Karine Platadit is funny, sexy, fun and wins over the audience with ease, her wonderful voice is sultry. Dule Hill brings sexy back to Broadway. The guest star Fantasia is as glorious as ever, her voice and dresses are stunning! Julius “iGlide” Chisolm is just one of the brilliant dancers, each bringing a whole new level of excitement to cheering crowds. Adrane Lenox sounds delightful. Again, the Orchestra has just as much fun as Virgil “Lil” O” Gadson and Jared Grimes who bring down the house. Lincoln Center patrons beware! The audience response of bravos and hand clapping, become shout outs, hoots and howling. And the “After Midnight” impecable cast are worthy of the response.
“After Midnight” was born from Encore’s acclaimed Cotton Club Parade was conceived by Tony Award winner Jack Viertel. The audience is taken on a thrilling experience, a ride through Harlem’s legendary nightclubs, and hot Jazz spots, it’s trend setting styles, it’s unpredictable danger and fun. Award-winning fashion designer Isabel Toledo reinvents the distinctive looks of the era. Fantasia gowns are stunning! The male dancers in pinstripe paints create magic in some of teh best choreography to hit broadway this season and maybe since “Jelly’s Last Jam“. “After Midnight” blurs the lines between past, present and future to prove, Jazz is more than music. Jazz is a life style, and state of mind.
“After Midnight” is Directed and Choreographed to perfection by Warren Carlyle (Follies, Finian’s Rainbow, A Tale of Two Cities). Broadway producers if you are bringing in a new musical this season Warren Carlyle, the dancers, singers and “After Midnight” is the show to beat! See Fantasia October 18, 2013 through February 9, 2014. K.d. Lang from February 11, 2014 through March 9, 2014. Toni Braxton and Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds March 18, 2014 through March 30, 2014.
“Although the ever changing headliners like Fantasia, K.d. Lang, Toni Braxton, Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds are billed as the stars, that could bring new patrons to Broadway. The real stars of this show, are the Orchestra, and the amazing toe tapping dancers and choreography! You won’t find better tapping on a Broadway stage. Broadway’s most elegant, electrifying, toe tapping musical “After Midnight” is here to stay! Don’t miss Broadway’s steamy hot explosive new musical, After Midnight.” BroadwayGlobal.
The “After Midnight” Production Team includes: Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle, Music Supervisor/Arramger/Conduction Daryl Waters, Selected Text by Langston Hughes, Scenic Design by John Lee Beaty, Costume Design Isabel Toledo, Lighting Design Howell Binkley, Sound Design Peter Hylenski, Hair Design Charles G. LaPointe, Casting Laura Stanczyk.C.S.A., Associate Director Sara Edwards, Music Contractor Seymour Red Press, Thecnical Supervisor Neil A. Mazzella, Production Stage Manager Kim Vernace, Advertising and Marketing Spotco, Press Representative O & M Co., Marketing and Press Outeach Linda Stewart, General Management Bespoke Theatricals.
The Lincoln Center All Stars Orchestra under the Artistic Direction of Wynton Marsalis, includes Kurt Bacher (Woodwind), Art Baron (Trombone), Adam Birnbaum (Piano), Dan Block (Woodwind), James Burton III (Trombone), James Chirillo (Guitar/Banjo), Andy Farber (Woodwinds), Alvester Garnett (Drums), Gregory Gisbert (Trumpet), Wayne Goodman (Trombone/Tuba), Mark Gross (Woodwind), Bruce Harris (Trumpet), Alphonso Horne (Trumpet), Godwin Louis (Woodwind), Jennifer Vincent (Bass), and James Zollar (Trumpet).
“After Midnight” entire cast includes: Fantasia Barrino, Dulé Hill, Adriane Lenoz, Karine Platadit, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Julius “iGlide” Chisolm, Virgil “Lil O” Gadson, Jared Grimes, Marija Juliette Abney, Phillip Attmore, Everett Bradley, Christopher Broughton, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, C.K. Edwards, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Danielle Herbert, Bahiyah Hibah, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, David Jennings, Monroe Kent III, Erin N. Moore, Cedric Neal, Bryonha Marie Parham, Justin Prescott, T. Oliver Reid, Desmond Richardson, Alyssa Shorte, Monique Smith, Daniel J. Watts.
For tickets to “After Midnight” visit www.aftermidnightbroadway.com or call 877-250-2929. “After Midnight” at Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W. 47th St. New York, New York 10036. BroadwayGlobal reminds all theatre lovers to share your reviews on over 30 City/State Theatre Chat groups, “keeping Artists Employed and Patrons Informed”. See the all new Broadway Reality You Tube Channel Theatre Chat Not Black and White for exclusive Broadway breaking news.