‘After Midnight’ Broadway Reviews

AFTER MIDNIGHT

Grammy Award winner k.d. lang joins Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill in the critically acclaimed new musical that brings the sexy, smoky glamour of Harlem's Golden Age to a whole new generation.

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

” I mean no disrespect to the superabundance of talented performers in this jubilant show when I say that they are all playing second fiddle, if you will, to the main attraction. This would be the 16 musicians called the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, stacked in a bandstand at the back of the stage for much of the evening, rollicking through the music of Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen and others with a verve that almost captivates the eye as much as it does the ear. It will be a long time before Broadway hosts music making this hot, sweet and altogether glorious again.”

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

“The paramount requirement for any revue celebrating the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s is stated right there in the Duke Ellington standard, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” And After Midnight has it in abundance, courtesy of a superlative jazz orchestra handpicked by producer Wynton Marsalis from among the best in the business. Ninety minutes of exuberantly entertaining song and dance, this is a show that renders it impossible to keep your toes from tapping. Up first in a series of rotating special guest stars, Fantasia Barrino with her luscious vocals sets the bar high.”

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VARIETY REVIEW

““After Midnight,” a musical revue that Jack Viertel and Warren Carlyle steered through Encores! to this snazzy Broadway production, salutes that fabled era without attempting to re-create it. This stylized treatment of a midnight floorshow at a 1930s jazz club is gorgeously designed to showcase roof-raising performances from top-flight talent — backed up by a 17-piece swing band loaded with brass and holding down the stage.”

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NEWSDAY REVIEW

“Jazz master Wynton Marsalis put together the ace 16-piece band, first for the ’30s Harlem revue, “Cotton Club Parade” that twice ran briefly in 2011 and 2012 as an offshoot of City Center Encores! That 90-minute song-and-dance entertainment has been renamed for Broadway, spiffed up and gorgeously costumed by fashion designer Isabel Toledo. The backbone, however, remains the integrity of that intoxicating band.”

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW

” There are few things that bring smiles to even the most jaded faces — balloons, blaring trumpets and tap dancers. A new Broadway revue has two — no, make that all three — so no wonder it leaves you feeling lighter than air.”

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AFTER MIDNIGHT

Grammy Award winner k.d. lang joins Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill in the critically acclaimed new musical that brings the sexy, smoky glamour of Harlem's Golden Age to a whole new generation.

OVERVIEW

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

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