Broadway's After Midnight to Shutter Early, 29 June 2014
It has been announced that the Broadway production of After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre will play its final performance on Sunday 29 June 2014. The show was previously booking through to 23 November 2014.
At the time of its closing the show will have run for 8 months, playing 19 preview performances and 272 regular performances. After Midnight opened at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 03 Nov 2013, following previews from 18 Oct 2013.
The show was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, and took home the award for Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle). It opened to generally positive reviews; Sparkling new jazz revue (NY Times); An exhilarating joyride (NY Daily News); Brings class back to Broadway (NY Post).
Patti LaBelle currently stars as the show's "Special Guest Star", and will remain in the role until the end of the run. The regular cast of After Midnight features Dulé Hill, who will lead the audience through the Harlem Renaissance as 'The Host'; Tony Award-winner Adriane Lenox ('Doubt') reprising her role as the blues singer with a sense of humor; Julius "Iglide" Chisholm from the dance crew RemoteKontrol, reimagining Harlem's popular 1920's "snakehips" dance; hip hop performer Virgil J. Gadson; Tony Award-nominated modern dancer Karine Plantadit ('Come Fly Away'); Michael Jackson's tap coach Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and tap-dancing choreographer Jared Grimes.
After Midnight, is conceived by Jack Viertel, with direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
The score includes songs by jazz composers of the time, including Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Digga Digga Doo"), a young Harold Arlen ("Stormy Weather," "I've Got the World on a String," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,"), and the legendary Duke Ellington ("Rockin' in Rhythm," "Cotton Club Stomp," "Black and Tan Fantasy," and "Creole Love Call").
The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide a backdrop for an array of performances by 25 vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars.
The creative team includes costumes by Isabel and Ruben Toledo, sets by John Lee Beatty, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Peter Hylenski. After Midnight is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, and Wynton Marsalis, in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group; Stephen and Ruth Hendel; and Tom Kirdahy.
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