Scott Sanders and Adriane Lenox Chat About Bringing "One Hot Night" to Broadway in After Midnight

By Karu F. Daniels
05 Oct 2013

Also new to the show is Dule Hill. Known mostly for his TV acting career ("The West Wing," "Psych"), he was last on The Great White Way in the Alicia Keys-produced 2011 play Stick Fly. As The Host in After Midnight, he serves as the narrator of the revue, even bringing his fancy footwork back to life. (Hill got his start on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid and starred in Bring In 'da Noize, Bring In 'da Funk.) His spoken words in the show are derived from Langston Hughes' writings.

The new take on the show also prides itself with really building out what was known as "Celebrity Sundays" (a night branded for when boldfaced names of the day would specifically come to The Cotton Club and perform a few numbers, sometimes impromptu.)

"I was surprised actually that they weren't all African American, they were all kinds of different folks from the entertainment and music business," Sanders explained. "Judy Garland would be there one night. Ella Fitzgerald on another. Lena Horne and Fanny Bryce too. So that kind of 'Special Guest Star' piqued my interests and I said, 'Why don't we build that up and really make that into a rotating headliner role that great vocalists from all over the world can come in and perform some of these great songs?'"

That's the guest track Barrino is contracted for though early February. Sanders, who's worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Ricky Martin to Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, was tightlipped about who was on the wish list to join the show when the slot opens, but the celebrity casting possibilities seem endless.

"The show is non-stop, top-to-bottom, blow your socks off, top-notch talent after top-notch talent," he promised. "And with this incredible music score behind it and these great songs that everybody [is] going to know behind it, it's really fun."

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