Clearly Fantasia has came back on the scene and is winning. The diva is set to head back to the back to the spotlight to star in a musical. The Grammy winner and American Idol victor steps into the Cotton Club spotlight once more in the Tony-nominated musical After Midnight, beginning May 13. Barrino was the first guest star vocalist to heat up the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in the show, followed by a rotating roster of performers.
Fantasia succeeds multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams, a Tony Award nominee for Into the Woods, who played her final performance as the special guest-star vocalist in the Tony-nominated musical revue May 11.
Following Barrino, After Midnight will welcome Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole (in her Broadway debut) as guest-star vocalists. LaBelle will play June 10-29 with Knight performing July 8-Aug. 3 and Cole performing Aug. 5-31 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. In addition to Barrino, the show currently stars Tony winner Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill. The tuner received seven Tony nods, including Best Musical, Best Featured Actress for Lenox and Best Director and Best Choreography for Warren Carlyle.