Grab your coat and get your hat, because Fantasia Barrino is back on the sunny side of the street! The Grammy winner and American Idol victor steps into the Cotton Club spotlight once more in the Tony-nominated musical After Midnight, beginning May 13. Barrino was the first guest star vocalist to heat up the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in the show, followed by a rotating roster of performers (most recently, Tony and Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams).
Barrino catapulted to fame in 2004 as the winner of American Idol. Her debut album, Free Yourself, received four Grammy nominations and was followed by a second self-titled release. She made her Broadway debut in April 2007 when she took over the role of Celie in The Color Purple, receiving a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her performance. She won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet,” the lead single from her third solo album, Back to Me. Barrino also headlined her own VH1 reality series, Fantasia for Real. She released her fourth studio album Side Effects of You last year.
Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. In addition to Barrino, the show currently stars Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill. The tuner received seven Tony nods, including Best Musical, Best Featured Actress for Lenox and Best Director and Best Choreography for Warren Carlyle.