Emmy nominee Dulé Hill will join previously announced star Fantasia Barrino in the Broadway transfer of After Midnight. This musical celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 18, with an official opening set for November 3. Hill has been cast as “The Host,” a role played off-Broadway by Tony nominees Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon.
Hill most recently appeared on Broadway in the family drama Stick Fly. His Broadway credits include Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and Black and Blue, and his off-Broadway credits include Dutchman and Extinction. Film and TV credits include The West Wing, Psych, She’s All That, Holes and Cosby.
Conceived by Jack Viertel and directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, After Midnight examines the original Jazz Age through a contemporary lens. The musical revue will use Duke Ellington's original arrangements performed by a big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by nine-time Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars.