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Odds & Ends: Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in Once, See Josh Groban & Boy George Sing Grease & More

Odds & Ends: Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in Once, See Josh Groban & Boy George Sing Grease & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in Once
Shailene Woodley, who has been making a big name for herself in Tinseltown with stellar performances in films including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars and The Descendants, wants to do a movie musical. "I think it'd be great to sing in ...

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After Midnight Guest Star Fantasia Barrino Passes the Torch to Grammy Winner Patti LaBelle

After Midnight Guest Star Fantasia Barrino Passes the Torch to Grammy Winner Patti LaBelle

There might have been some “Stormy Weather” in New York City on June 3, but that didn’t stop the cast of After Midnight from welcoming their new special guest star Patti LaBelle back to Broadway! The legendary singer, who is currently in rehearsal, will succeed Fantasia Barrino in the toe-tapping jazz revue beginning June 10. Directed by Warren Carlyle, the ...

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Hot Shot! See Macy Gray Rockin’ in Rhythm with the Stars of Broadway’s After Midnight

Hot Shot! See Macy Gray Rockin’ in Rhythm with the Stars of Broadway’s After Midnight

After Midnight welcomed a special guest to the Cotton Club on May 29—Grammy winner Macy Gray! The singer-songwriter headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to see the toe-tapping Duke Ellington tribute, then stopped backstage after the show to greet stars Fantasia Barrino and Dule Hill. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the Tony-nominated musical features an evening of jazz tunes ...

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Hot Shot! Mike Tyson Goes Backstage with Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill & the Stars of Broadway’s After Midnight

Hot Shot! Mike Tyson Goes Backstage with Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill & the Stars of Broadway’s After Midnight

We know Mike Tyson is a Broadway fan—he brought his solo show, Undisputed Truth, to the Great White Way in 2012—but it was still a fun surprise to see him tapping his toes in the audience of Broadway’s After Midnight! The jazzy revue features Dule Hill, Tony nominee Adriane Lenox and special guest star Fantasia Barrino singing the songs of ...

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Oprah Winfrey Boards the Daybreak Express! See Her Visit to Broadway’s After Midnight

Oprah Winfrey Boards the Daybreak Express! See Her Visit to Broadway’s After Midnight
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Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey stayed up late to check out the hottest jazz show in town—After Midnight, Broadway’s toe-tapping, Tony-nominated Duke Ellington revue. Click for photos of her visit!

Guess Who's Back! Grammy Winner Fantasia Barrino Returns to the Cotton Club Stage in After Midnight

Guess Who's Back! Grammy Winner Fantasia Barrino Returns to the Cotton Club Stage in After Midnight

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 ...

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She Couldn't Stay Away for Long: Fantasia Will Make a Return to After Midnight

She Couldn't Stay Away for Long: Fantasia Will Make a Return to After Midnight

She just couldn’t keep away from the Cotton Club! Grammy winner and American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino will light up the Brooks Atkinson Theatre once again when she returns to Broadway’s After Midnight. Having headlined the show as the first in a rotating roster of special guest star vocalists in the musical, she will come back for a limited engagement ...

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Tony Nominee Vanessa Williams to Join the Cast of After Midnight on Broadway

Tony Nominee Vanessa Williams to Join the Cast of After Midnight on Broadway

Tony nominee Vanessa Williams is the latest special guest star set to board the Duke Ellington musical After Midnight. Williams will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 1 and play through May 11. The musical revue, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, started previews on October 18 with Grammy winner Fantasia Barrino the first in a rotating ...

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Grammy Winner K.D. Lang Takes Over Tonight in After Midnight on Broadway

Grammy Winner K.D. Lang Takes Over Tonight in After Midnight on Broadway

Grammy Award winner K.D. Lang makes her Broadway debut  February 11 in the Duke Ellington musical After Midnight. She is the second special guest star in the musical revue, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, and is taking over from Fantasia Barrino at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Set against a narrative of Langston Hughes’ poetry, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s ...

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Destiny’s Child Divas Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams, George Takei & More Visit After Midnight

Destiny’s Child Divas Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams, George Takei & More Visit After Midnight
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Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Star Trek favorite George Takei and the Danish Quartet stop by to see Fantasia Barrino and the cast of After Midnight on February 4, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

This Week's Picks: Christian Borle's Got Your Number, Benjamin Walker Does Stand-Up & Taboo Returns

This Week's Picks: Christian Borle's Got Your Number, Benjamin Walker Does Stand-Up & Taboo Returns

Yeah, we know it's really freaking cold. And, yes, we know there's some sort of big, important football game going on today and that Times Square looks like SportsCenter vomited all over it, but we're not going to let these things get us down. Taboo is back in NYC, Christian Borle is leading an amazing new revival of Little Me ...

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Psych Star James Roday, Patti LaBelle & More Get Jazzy at After Midnight

Psych Star James Roday, Patti LaBelle & More Get Jazzy at After Midnight
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Dule Hill's Psych co-stars James Roday and Ally Sheedy stop by After Midnight along with Patti LaBelle, Law & Order favorite S. Epatha Merkerson and more the week of January 27, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

See Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill and the Cast of Broadway's After Midnight Heat Up 30 Rock

See Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill and the Cast of  Broadway's After Midnight Heat Up 30 Rock

Come rain, shine or polar vortex, this cast is bringing it! Fantasia BarrinoDulé Hill and the cast of After Midnight stopped by the Today Show’s chilly outdoor Concert Series on January 20 to perform a high energy number from the show. Dulé flapped and tapped, the cast jumped and jived and Fantasia, who departs the production February ...

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After Midnight Gets a Visit From Gayle King & David Alan Grier

After Midnight Gets a Visit From Gayle King & David Alan Grier
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Gayle King and David Alan Grier visit Fantasia Barrino and Dulé Hill backstage at After Midnight the weekend of January 17, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

After Midnight’s Fantasia Barrino on the Star She Would Love to Play Onscreen & How Broadway Is Like Church

After Midnight’s Fantasia Barrino on the Star She Would Love to Play Onscreen & How Broadway Is Like Church

Ten years ago this spring, Fantasia Barrino took American Idol to a new level with her soulful rendition of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. Three years later, the reality show champ shocked naysayers (and won a Theatre World Award) for her blistering performance as Celie in The Color Purple. After some well publicized ups and downs, Barrino is back on ...

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Marvin Hamlisch Makes Magic, the Rockettes Kick It & Big Fish Swims Away in Our Christmas Week Datebook

Marvin Hamlisch Makes Magic, the Rockettes Kick It & Big Fish Swims Away in Our Christmas Week Datebook

Broadway elves (uh, the Matildas?) have been hard at work to make sure Christmas week in NYC offers a full stocking of theatrical treats, including a new Marvin Hamlisch documentary, a final chance to see Big Fish and, of course, those holiday vixens, the Radio City Rockettes. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we have your list of Broadway’s hottest ...

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Audra McDonald & Jonathan Groff Ring in the Holidays at After Midnight

Audra McDonald & Jonathan Groff Ring in the Holidays at After Midnight
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There’s nothing like a jazzy, dance-filled Broadway musical to get in the holiday spirit, as two of our favorite stage and screen stars discovered on December 18 at After Midnight! Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald took in the matinee performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and Tony nominee Jonathan Groff saw the evening performance. Both stars went backstage after the ...

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell Enjoys a Jazzy Afternoon With Fantasia Barrino at After Midnight

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell Enjoys a Jazzy Afternoon With Fantasia Barrino at After Midnight
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Backstreet’s back, all right! Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell knows a thing or two about crooning and harmonies, and on December 11 he stopped by Broadway's After Midnight for got a lesson in bluesy jazz. Littrell wasn’t the only one dying to see After Midnight: Also at the Wednesday matinee were recording mogul Clive Davis and actress Tika Sumpter. After the ...

Mercedes Ellington Thrills to Her Grandfather’s Music at After Midnight

Mercedes Ellington Thrills to Her Grandfather’s Music at After Midnight
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The swinging sounds of Duke Ellington are thrilling Broadway audiences at After Midnight, which features a dozen tunes by the legendary composer. On November 26, Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of Duke and daughter of bandleader Mercer Ellington, headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to see this jazzy new song-and-dance extravaganza. After the show, Mercedes went backstage to warmly congratulate the stars ...

Liza Minnelli Thrills the Cast of After Midnight with a Backstage Visit

Liza Minnelli Thrills the Cast of After Midnight with a Backstage Visit

Talk about a star sighting! The one and only Liza Minnelli headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 21 for a night of great singing and dancing at After Midnight. As we all know, Liza with a Z knows plenty about selling a song onstage, so the cast of Broadway's jazzy new hit was beyond excited to hear her ...

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Carrie Underwood Won't Make Country Music, Ramin Karimloo Craves Cookies & More Lessons of the Week

Carrie Underwood Won't Make Country Music, Ramin Karimloo Craves Cookies & More Lessons of the Week

The sun is setting on another week on the Great White Way, but never fear—the lessons are here! From Jefferson Mays' obsession with death to Fantasia Barrino's psychic abilities, the last seven days have been a roller coaster ride of theatrical excitement. Read below to catch up on what you missed, and what you can learn from it!


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Squigs Gets Jazzy With Dule Hill, Fantasia Barrino & the Cast of After Midnight

Squigs Gets Jazzy With Dule Hill, Fantasia Barrino & the Cast of After Midnight

For a great time on Broadway, you can’t beat the jazzy new musical hit After Midnight. Featuring the vocal stylings of Fantasia Barrino and Tony winner Adriane Lenox, hosted by Dule Hill and backed by the incredible Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars orchestra, this irresistible show brings the pizzazz of NYC’s Cotton Club to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Broadway.com ...

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Today’s Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford Have a Swinging Afternoon at After Midnight

Today’s Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee Gifford Have a Swinging Afternoon at After Midnight

We love the fact that Today fourth hour co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb often spend their Wednesday afternoons at a Broadway matinee. On November 6, the ladies made their way to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for the Great White Way’s hottest new musical After Midnight. After savoring classic tunes from Duke Ellington and other Cotton Club-era composers, Kathie ...

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After Midnight’s Fantasia Barrino on How Jazz Music & Her Crush on Billie Holiday Lured Her Back to Broadway

After Midnight’s Fantasia Barrino on How Jazz Music & Her Crush on Billie Holiday Lured Her Back to Broadway

We caught up with After Midnight headliner and American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino on her opening night to find out how the Duke Ellington musical revue lured the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner back to the Great White Way.

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Welcome to the Cotton Club! Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill & More Get Jazzy in Rehearsal For After Midnight

Welcome to the Cotton Club! Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill & More Get Jazzy in Rehearsal For After Midnight

After Midnight is bringing the jazz age to Broadway, starring Fantasia Barrino, Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill in a new tuner that celebrates the music of Duke Ellington. Step inside Harlem’s famed Cotton Club with the cast in rehearsal!

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