After Midnight Celebrates Duke Ellington and Jazz Appreciation Month With Weeklong Events

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22 Apr 2014

The Broadway musical revue After Midnight, inspired from Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club, will celebrate Ellington's birthday (April 29) and Jazz Appreciation Month with a week of special activities throughout the city.



Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle and featuring nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, After Midnight performs at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street).

The musical, which reintroduces the Cotton Club's tradition of rotating guest stars, currently stars Vanessa Williams as its headlining vocalist. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia began the tradition (Oct. 18, 2013-Feb. 9, 2014), followed by four-time Grammy Award-winning icon k.d. lang (Feb. 11-March 9) and Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (March 17-30). Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Williams continues through May 11, followed by a four-week return engagement by Fantasia (May 13-June 8).

After Midnight's Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration's activities, according to press notes, follow:

April 22: Andaz Hotel Fifth Avenue has joined the festivities by creating signature cocktails inspired by After Midnight. These speakeasy-style cocktails will be available to order all week at their bar located at 485 5th Avenue at 41st Street.

April 23: After Midnight will host a group of young jazz artists from Jazz at Lincoln Center at the evening performance.

April 24: Audience members attending the April 24 performance are invited to join the cast and company for an "Audience Rewards" talkback immediately following, where the cast will take questions from fans.

April 25: @AfterMidnightNY will be hosting an online listening party on Twitter with special giveaways at 3 PM to celebrate the release [a sampling] of exclusive tracks from After Midnight, recorded live on Broadway.

April 26: Join cast members from After Midnight for a special performance of "Diga Diga Doo" at the Tribeca Film Family Festival Street Fair during the "Broadway Hour," starting at 11:30 AM. For more information, click here.

Visit AfterMidnightBroadway.com.