Grammy Award-winning Artist K.d. Lang to Make Her Broadway Debut in “After Midnight”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST
TO MAKE HER BROADWAY DEBUT IN
THE NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
“A F T E R M I D N I G H T”
IN THE TRADITION OF THE SHOW, THE POP ICON JOINS THE COMPANY
AS ITS SECOND “SPECIAL GUEST STAR” VOCALIST
BEGINNING FEBRUARY 11, 2014
New York, NY (Thursday, September 12, 2013) – In one of the more unexpected developments of the current theater season, producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis announced today that the Grammy Award-winning artist k.d. lang will make her Broadway debut in the new musical After Midnight. The pop icon will join the company following fellow Grammy Award-winner Fantasia as the second “Special Guest Star” vocalist beginning Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (and continuing through Sunday, March 9, 2014). As previously announced, After Midnight will reintroduce the Cotton Club’s exciting tradition of welcoming the stars of today in limited engagements throughout the musical’s run. After Midnight will begin preview performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on Friday, October 18, 2013 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 3, 2013. Tickets for k.d. lang’s engagement will go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013.
Innovation, experimentation and a talent for subverting genre have marked k.d. lang’s career. With a punk-rock fashion aesthetic, and early musical influences that included classic country rockabilly, lang practically defined the meaning of alt-country. Her album Absolute Torch and Twang garnered lang her first Grammy Award and mainstream recognition. As a follow up, she switched musical hats from country to a fiery brand of adult contemporary and released Ingénue, which featured the hit “Constant Craving” and went platinum in Canada and the U.S. Her understatedly stunning interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has become, along with her breathtaking cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” an in-concert showstopper. k.d. has collaborated with such musical luminaries as Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Loretta Lynn, and Tony Bennett. “She’s the best singer of her generation,” observed Bennett, who has frequently performed with lang. k.d.’s most recent album, Sing It Loud, is a return to the more raucous, dramatic side of her range.
The wildly eclectic opening night cast of After Midnight will also include the previously announced Dulé Hill and Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox along with star dancers Julius “Iglide” Chisolm, Virgil J. Gadson, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Karine Plantadit and Jared Grimes; vocalists Everett Bradley, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Monroe Kent III, Cedric Neal, Bryonha Marie Parham and T. Oliver Reid; and dancers 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, Monique Smith and Daniel J. Watts.
The evocative After Midnight will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.
After Midnight is a new production of Cotton Club Parade which played two smash-hit, sold-out engagements at City Center. Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight features direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle, musical direction by Wynton Marsalis and musical supervision by Daryl Waters.
The design team for After Midnight will include prolific design couple Isabel Toledo (costumes) and Ruben Toledo, Tony Award-winners John Lee Beatty (set design), Howell Binkley (lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (sound).
After Midnight is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, and Wynton Marsalis, in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group; Stephen and Ruth Hendel; Tom Kirdahy.
The performance schedule for After Midnight will be as follows: October 18 through November 3, 2013: Mondays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. There will not be a performance on Thursday, October 31 and curtain will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 (opening night). Beginning November 5, 2013: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets range from $60.00 to $142.00 (premium tickets will be available for $199). Tickets for groups of 12 or more can be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780 or by visiting http://groups.telecharge.com. Tickets for k.d. lang’s engagement will go on sale Monday, November 4, 2013.
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