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  1. Dennis Dennis Shook

    Two nights after Patti LaBelle, Fantasia and Gladys Knight opened the Tony Awards with an historic performance from the Broadway musical, “After Midnight,” LaBelle made her debut as the musical’s latest in series of special guest performers.

    LaBelle’s songbird-like voice is a perfect fit with the musical’s jazz standards, which recall the Cotton Club in 1930s-era Harlem. She delivers spine-tingling vocals but never over-does it, prancing and even dancing to music famously performed by Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway.

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    The audience, which included Phylicia Rashad and André Leon Talley, responded with thunderous applause for LaBelle at curtain call. Equal ovations were showered upon the musical’s highly-talented ensemble cast, which features Dulé Hill (“Psych,” “The West Wing”) and Tony Award-winner Adriane Lenox. The entire cast delivers flawless, breath-taking performances that you won’t want to miss!

    “After Midnight” was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won the award for Best Choreography. The show is a musical revue which journeys back in time to witness the heartbeat of Harlem, in the late hours of the night when jazz clubs like the Cotton Club came alive. Duke Ellington’s standards are performed by The Jazz At Lincoln Center All-Stars. It is a toe-tapping, dancing, spinning, flipping whirlwind which brings you to the edge of your seat from the first note.

    The musical opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre late last fall with Fantasia originating the special guest star role. K.D. Lang, Toni Braxton & Babyface, and Vanessa Williams have since followed. LaBelle stars through June 29; Gladys Knight steps in July 8 - August 3; and Natalie Cole makes her Broadway debut in the role August 5 - August 31.

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