Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, who recently appeared in the film The Butler, will reprise her critically acclaimed performance in the Broadway transfer of After Midnight. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the production stars Fantasia Barrino and Dule Hill. After Midnight begins performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 18 and officially opens on November 3.
Lenox won a Tony Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in Doubt. Her additional Broadway credits include Caroline, or Change, Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fascinating Rhythm and Kiss Me, Kate. In addition to The Butler, she appeared on screen in The Blind Side, 30 Rock, Damages, Lipstick Jungle and Black Snake Moan. Lenox previously starred in both off-Broadway engagements of Cotton Club Parade, After Midnight’s former incarnation.
In addition to Lenox, Barrino and Hill, the After Midnight company will include Tony nominees Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Desmond Richardson (Fosse), Grammy nominee Everett Bradley (Swing!), Jared Grimes, Julius “Iglide” Chisolm, Virgil J. Gadson, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Cedric Neal, T. Oliver Reid Monroe Kent, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Bryonha Marie Parham, Marija Abney, Phillip Attmore, Christopher Broughton, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, C.K. Edwards, Bahiyah Hibah, Erin Moore, Justin Prescott, Danielle Herbert, David Jennings, Monique Smith and Daniel Watts.
Set against a narrative of Langston Hughes’ poetry, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians.
After Midnight is a new production of Cotton Club Parade which played two sold-out engagements with Encores! at New York City Center in 2011 and 2012. Conceived by Jack Viertel, the revue features musical direction by Wynton Marsalis and musical supervision by Daryl Waters.