Music superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds begin performances in After Midnight on Broadway March 18. They are the latest in a rotating roster of special guest star vocalists in the musical, following on from K.D. Lang and Fantasia Barrino. The pair will play through March 30.
Braxton and Edmonds released their first album of duets, Love, Marriage & Divorce, on December 3, 2013. The duo have 16 Grammy Awards between them and first collaborated on Braxton’s 1992 debut Give U My Heart. Braxton has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast and Aida, while Babyface is making his Broadway debut.
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 show is conceived by Jack Viertel and features musical direction by Wynton Marsalis and musical supervision by Daryl Waters.
After Midnight also stars Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill, as well as Julius “Iglide” Chisolm, Virgil J. Gadson, Karine Plantadit, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jared Grimes, Everett Bradley, Cedric Neal, T. Oliver Reid, Monroe Kent III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Bryonha Marie Parham, Marija Abney, Phillip Attmore, Christopher Broughton, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, C.K. Edwards, Danielle Herbert, Bahiyah Hibah, David Jennings, Erin N. Moore, Justin Prescott, Desmond Richardson, Allysa Shorte, Monique Smith and Daniel J. Watts.