After Midnight

After Midnight Tickets

The famous Cotton Club Parade is coming to Broadway this season under the name “After Midnight”. This musical revue celebrates jazz legend Duke Ellington’s year at the famous Harlem Night Clun during the 1920’s and 30’s. It is going to be staged at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway. Featuring some of the best jazz music in history, this show is going to be an amazing experience for jazz lovers and theater goers.

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After Midnight

Musical Director

Wynton Marsalis

Famous Songs

Black and Tan Fantasy, Stormy Weather

A brain child of Jack Vierte, the revue is scheduled to premiere on Broadway on 3rd November, whereas the previews will begin from 18th October. Building on the success of the Cotton Club Parade, the show promises to be one of the most entertaining shows of the year. So if you want to listen to great jazz music being performed live then buy After Midnight tickets and enjoy a musical experience you will not forget.

Cotton Club

The Cotton Club was a famous Harlem night club in New York City. The Club was famous for showcasing some of the greatest jazz talent in the country. Even though it was a white-only establishment, the club played host to some of the greatest black performers and jazz musicians of the day. Duke Ellington was one of the regular players there and his musical genius was at the center piece of the club’s jazz music. It was to celebrate his days at the Cotton Club, that a musical revue was prepared under the name of Cotton Club Parade, which featured most of his music and tunes. After the success of the revue, it is coming to Broadway under the name “After Midnight.”

About the Show

The show attempts to examine the classic and original age of jazz through a modern lens. The music is based on the great Duke Ellington’s original compositions and arrangements, which will be performed by a band of seventeen musicians which have been personally chosen by music director Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis is a nine time Grammy Award winning artist and also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music. Accompanying this wonderful music will be a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry, which will provide the backdrop and set the mood for the evening. A team of twenty five sensational vocalists and performers will then take the stage to perform these timeless tunes and ensure that the audience gets a musical experience like never before. The cherry on top is that there will be a special guest appearance by famous artists regularly. The first is by Fantasia Barrino, who will take to the stage after a hiatus of six years. Fantasia rose to musical fame after she won the third season of American Idol. The Grammy Award winning artist rose to theatrical fame after her portrayal of Celie in the critically acclaimed hit Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a Theater World Award. The show will present some of the greatest jazz composers and songs of the time. Music by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, Harold Alen and the legendary Duke Ellington is going to be presented before the audience. Some of the most famous songs from the musical are the classics, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “Black and Tan Fantasy”, “Stormy Weather”, “Creole Love Call” and “I’ve Got the World on a String”. This is one show that theater and music lovers simply cannot miss out on. It allows you to experience jazz music in a setting you normally cannot. The set design and costumes will all take you back to the Cotton Club, to the glory days of jazz music, allowing you to witness the greatness of the music as it was played in the good old days.



Interesting Facts

  1. New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker was a regular at the Cotton Club.
  2. In 1927, the first revue 'Rhythmania' was held at the club with Duke Ellington and featured Adelaide Hall.
  3. The musical’s tagline is “Harlem’s hottest club. Broadway’s hottest night.”
  4. Isabel Tuledo, who is designing the costumes for the show, also created Michelle Obama’s first inauguration day dress.
  5. The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars are the handpicked orchestra which will perform in After Midnight.