A golden girl knows when it's time to return to the Great White Way! Shirley Bassey, of "Goldfinger" fame, may soon head back to Broadway as a special guest star in the Duke Ellington musical After Midnight. According to the New York Post, the show's producers are pursuing Bassey to step in after Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds' engagement ends on March 30.
"It is a music lover's dream to have Miss Bassey on a New York stage once again and [producer] Scott Sanders would love to help make that happen for them," a spokesperson for After Midnight told Broadway.com. The musical revue, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, currently features Grammy winner K.D. Lang at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Last seen on Broadway in her one-woman show at the Marquis Theatre in 1996, Bassey received a standing ovation for her dazzling medley of James Bond songs at last year's Academy Awards. She's best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
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. The production co-stars Dule Hill and Tony winner Adriane Lenox.
Listen to Bassey sing the iconic James Bond theme "Goldfinger" at the Academy Awards below!