Legacy Recordings will release Duke Ellington: The Original Recordings That Inspired the Broadway Hit “After Midnight” May 27 on iTunes and other digital retailers. The CD version hits stores June 17.
This album, according to a press release, collects Ellington’s original recordings (between 1927-1940) “showcased in the 2014 Best Musical Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical sensation After Midnight, all in one place.” The set includes popular favorites such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Stormy Weather” and “Cotton Club Stomp.”
After Midnight features musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, musical supervision by Daryl Waters and direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle. It has featured short-run guest appearances thus far by Fantasia, k.d. lang, Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Vanessa Williams.