The production was Tony-nominated for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Carlyle), Best Choreography (Carlyle), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical ( Adriane Lenox), Best Costume Design of a Musical ( Isabel Toledo), Best Lighting Design of a Musical ( Howell Binkley) and Best Sound Design of a Musical ( Peter Hylenski).
After Midnight received Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Carlyle), Outstanding Choreographer (Carlyle), Outstanding Costume Design (Toledo) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Binkley) as well as Drama League nominations for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award ( Adriane Lenox) and three Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Revue, Outstanding Choreography (Carlyle) and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Lenox). After Midnight, according to press notes, "takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway."