‘After Midnight,’ Broadway Musical Co-Created by Wynton Marsalis, to Open in Fall

Music of Ellington and other Jazz Age greats will be central to the show

Wynton Marsalis performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival image 0
Ben Johnson

Wynton Marsalis performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival

After Midnight, a new musical production by Wynton Marsalis and fashion duo Isabel and Ruben Toledo, will open on Broadway Nov. 3, with previews beginning Oct. 18, lead producer Scott Sanders announced this week. A production of Cotton Club Parade, After Midnight, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle was conceived by Jack Viertel and played previous two engagements at City Center. The new production will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th Street). Group tickets are now available. Casting, musicians and general on sale date will be announced shortly.

According to a press release, “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.”

The release continues: “After Midnight will explode with masterpieces by the greatest jazz composers of the time, including Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ and ‘Digga Digga Doo’), a young Harold Arlen (‘Stormy Weather,’ ‘I’ve Got the World on a String,’ ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’), and of course, the legendary Duke Ellington (‘Rockin’ in Rhythm,’ ‘Cotton Club Stomp,’ ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ and ‘Creole Love Call).”

The performance schedule for After Midnight will be as follows: October 18 through November 10, 2013: Mondays through Saturdays at 8pm with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm There will be 3pm matinee performances on Sunday 11/3 and 11/10; no performances on Monday 11/4; and curtain will be at 6:30pm on Thursday 11/7. Beginning November 12, 2013: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets, which range from $60.00 to $142.00 (premium tickets will be available for $199), go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 1, 2013 via Ticketmaster or by calling (800)-745-3000. Tickets for groups of 12 or more can be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780 or by visiting Telecharge.