Brooks Atkinson Theatre, (11/03/2013 - 6/29/2014)

First Preview: Oct 18, 2013
Opening Date: Nov 03, 2013
Closing Date: Jun 29, 2014
Total Previews: 18
Total Performances: 273

Category: Musical, Revue, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine & Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block and Carol R. Fineman; Produced in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen and Ruth Hendel and Thomas Kirdahy

Based on the presentation by New York City Center Encores! and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Conceived by Jack Viertel; Selected text by: Langston Hughes; Music Direction: Jazz At Lincoln Center All-Stars; Additional Arranger: Daryl Waters

Directed by Warren Carlyle; Choreographed by Warren Carlyle; Associate Director: Sara Edwards

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Isabel Toledo; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Peter Hylenski; Hair Design by Charles G. LaPointe; Make-Up Design by Cookie Jordan; Wig Design by Gretchen Androsavich; Associate Scenic Design: Kacie Hultgren; Associate Costume Design: Cathy Parrott; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara; Associate Sound Design: Keith Caggiano and Jessie Stevens

General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Associate Gen. Mgr: David Roth; Company Manager: Doug Gaeta; Assistant Co. Mgr: Reeve Pierson

Production Manager: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Technical Supervisor: Neil A. Mazzella; Production Stage Manager: Kim Vernace; Stage Manager: Megan J. Schneid; Assistant Stage Mgr: Cody Renard Richard

Musical Supervisor: Daryl Waters; Music Contractor: Seymour "Red" Press; Conducted by Daryl Waters; Associate Conductor: James Burton III; Woodwinds: Mark Gross, Godwin Louis, Daniel Block, Andrew Farber and Kurt Bacher; Trumpet: Gregory L. Gisbert, Bruce Harris, Alfonso Horne and James Zollar; Trombone/Tuba: Wayne Goodman; Trombone: Art Baron and James Burton III; Piano: Adam Birnbaum; Guitar: James Chirillo; Bass: Jennifer Vincent; Drums: Alvester Garnett

Casting: Laura Stanczyk, C.S.A.; Dance Captain: Justin Prescott; Press Representative: O&M Co.; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing & Press Outreach: Linda Stewart; Online/Digital Interactive: SPOTCo, Inc.

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Opening Night Cast

Fantasia Barrino
(Oct 18, 2013 - Feb 09, 2014)
Dulé Hill
Adriane Lenox
Marija Abney
Phillip Attmore
Everett Bradley
Christopher Broughton
Julius "iGlide" Chisolm
Taeler Elyse Cyrus
C.K. Edwards
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
Carmen Ruby Floyd
Virgil "Lil O" Gadson
Jared Grimes
Bahiyah Hibah
Rosena M. Hill Jackson
Monroe Kent III
Erin N. Moore
Cedric Neal
Bryonha Marie Parham
Karine Plantadit
T. Oliver Reid
Desmond Richardson
Monique Smith
Daniel J. Watts

Swings: Danielle Herbert, David Jennings, Justin Prescott and Allysa Shorte

Understudies: Phillip Attmore, Danielle Herbert, Bahiyah Hibah, David Jennings, Erin N. Moore, Justin Prescott, T. Oliver Reid, Allysa Shorte and Daniel J. Watts

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2014 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine & Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block and Carol R. Fineman; Produced in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen and Ruth Hendel and Thomas Kirdahy

 2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Adriane Lenox

winner 2014 Best Choreography [winner] 

Warren Carlyle

 2014 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Warren Carlyle

 2014 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Isabel Toledo

 2014 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Howell Binkley

 2014 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Peter Hylenski

Drama Desk Award

 2014 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Adriane Lenox

winner 2014 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Warren Carlyle

winner 2014 Outstanding Revue [winner] 

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine & Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block and Carol R. Fineman; Produced in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen and Ruth Hendel and Thomas Kirdahy

Songs



ACT 1
Daybreak Express
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington )
Happy As the Day Is Long
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
I've Got the World on a String
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
Women Be Wise
(music by Sippie Wallace; lyrics by Sippie Wallace )
Braggin' in Brass
(music by Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo and Irving Mills )
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh )
Peckin'
(music by Harry James and Ben Pollack; lyrics by Harry James and Ben Pollack )
Diga Diga Doo
(music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh )
East St.Louis Toodle-oo
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley )
Stormy Weather
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
The Skrontch
(music by Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo and Irving Mills )
Hottentot Tot
(music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh )
Raisin' the Rent
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
Get Yourself a New Broom
(music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
Zaz Zuh Zaz
(music by Cab Calloway and Harry A. White; lyrics by Cab Calloway and Harry A. White )
Creole Love Call
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington )
Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night
(music by Sidney Easton and Ethel Waters; lyrics by Sidney Easton and Ethel Waters )
The Mooche
(music by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills )
Ain't it De Truth?
(music by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen )
On the Sunny Side of the Street
(music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh )
The Gal From Joe's
(music by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills )
Black and Tan Fantasy
(music by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley; lyrics by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley )
Tap Mathematician
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington )
It Don't Mean a Thing
(music by Duke Ellington; lyrics by Duke Ellington )
Cotton Club Stomp
(music by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges )
Freeze and Melt
(music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh )
Rockin' in Rhythm
(music by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Harry Carney; lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Harry Carney )

Reviews


AP: "'After Midnight' Celebrates Thrilling Jazz"

There are few things that bring smiles to even the most jaded faces — balloons, blaring trumpets and tap dancers. A new Broadway revue has two — no, make that all three — so no wonder it leaves you feeling lighter than air.

"After Midnight," a candy sampler of some two dozen musical numbers that showcase dance, jazz or singing, opened Sunday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre led by musical genius Wynton Marsalis, an endearing Dule Hill as its host and a thrilling guest singer in Fantasia Barrino.

The show, which first surfaced in 2011 off-Broadway, tries to re-create the energy and fun of Harlem's famous Cotton Club nightclub in the 1920s and 30s, when Duke Ellington and his band made everything cool. It does so with panache but avoids sounding old-fashioned: There's even room for some breakdancing and popping.

As 17 musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center play, the night includes Fantasia belting out a super "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," a subdued "Stormy Weather" and an infectious "Zaz Zuh Zaz." Adriane Lenox plays a hysterical boozy hellcat in two numbers, "Women Be Wise" and "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night."

Carmen Ruby Floyd never sings a word in her song — "Creole Love Call" — but her flirty eyes and heavenly voice will make you melt. Jared Grimes's tapping is astounding, muscular yet graceful. There are musical interludes, dance sketches and more obscure songs like "Diga Diga Doo." There's also a dance battle between popper Julius "Iglide" Chisolm and hip hop dancer Virgil J. Gadson.

Hill, known from "Psych" and "The West Wing," pops up from time to time with a knowing smile and some lines by the great Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Hill dives into his tap dancing roots in one number that has him leap into the split; he also sings a tender "I've Got the World on a String" while holding a balloon.

"American Idol" winner Fantasia is only in the role until February, when she is followed by k.d. lang and then the duo of Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. She's set the bar high.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the high-energy show never lags, making for an excellently paced 90 minutes. It makes no attempt to make a statement other than just to celebrate some remarkable performers.

The orchestra, housed on a riser, sometimes glides downstage for songs or a featured musician will stand in a spotlight. With four trumpets and three trombones, the orchestra veers toward a cup-muddled, filthy sound. It's far from Harlem, but the Broadway venue seems intimate. You can almost taste the martini going down as you watch a top-notch revue.

Isabel Toledo's costumes are sexy and fun on the ladies, with feathers and shiny embellishments, and formal wear for the gentlemen, leaning on spats, fedoras and zoot suits. They all emerge at the end in dazzling white and huge grins. You'll share the grins.


AP
11/04/2013

New York Daily News: "'After Midnight,' starring Fantasia Barrino, is jazzy fun on Broadway"

The title “After Midnight” is all-purpose enough to leave you totally in the dark. An Eric Clapton musical? A vampire thriller? The latest talkathon with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy droning into the wee hours? No, no and no. Broadway’s new arrival is a dazzling musical revue that jets audiences back to Harlem’s jazzy 1930s heyday. It’s an exhilarating joyride all the way.

If you saw “Cotton Club Parade” in 2011 or ’12, that’s no shocker. That production, the first partnership between City Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, is the basis for “Midnight.”

The leap to Broadway has brought changes: There’s the new name (due to licensing issues), gorgeous costumes by designer Isabel Toledo, plus a rotating cadre of new performers, including Fantasia Barrino (who headlines through Feb. 9.)

But the structure and song list remain intact. Returning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle knows a good thing when he’s staged it. Duke Ellington’s music, including “Daybreak Express” and “Creole Love Call,” forms the spine.

Tasty classics by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”) and Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (“I’ve Got the World on a String”) add spice.

Numbers have been assembled with loving care and smarts by music director Wynton Marsalis. In the ensemble of 25 vocalists and dancers, it’s easy to pick a favorite: It’s whoever is on stage at any given moment. But the silky moves of Julius (iGlide) Chisolm and Virgil (Lil’ O) Gadson — alums of “So You Think You Can Dance” — are especially fun and memorable.

The show’s not-so-secret weapon is the amazing Adriane Lenox, whose sass and brass on “Women Be Wise” and “Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night” send the show to dizzying heights.

“Psych” star Dulé Hill shows off his tap talents and threads Langston Hughes’ verse throughout the show. The poetry adds heft and gravity to a revue that might just float untethered. Fantasia shades her numbers with something special: baby softness for “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” bluesy pain for “Stormy Weather” and, best of all, a playful randiness for Cab Calloway’s “Zaz Zuh Zaz.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars orchestra cooks hot. Fittingly, it gets the last showcase to send the audience out on a high note.


New York Daily News
11/04/2013

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(11/3/2013 - 6/29/2014)
Woodwinds: Bill Easley.

Cast

Fantasia Barrino
(May 13, 2014 - Jun 8, 2014)
Toni Braxton
(Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014)
Bobby Daye
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
(Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014)
Danielle Herbert
Christopher Jackson
(Apr 5, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014)
Patti LaBelle
(Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014)
k.d. lang
Broadway debut
(Feb 11, 2014 - Mar 9, 2014)
Britton Smith
Vanessa Williams
(Apr 1, 2014 - May 11, 2014)


Swings: Jay Staten.



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