k.d. lang may have been a bit skeptic about her Broadway debut until she found the perfect show, After Midnight. This much earned number 1 musical led by the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Star band is loaded with dance numbers and lots of movement. k.d. , however, didn’t have to learn lines or choreography. She simply had to be herself performing four jazz numbers.
After Midnight takes us to an era of the old Cotton Club, where singers were the featured guests as k.d. was chosen to sing, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “Stormy Weather”, “Zaz Zuh Zaz” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street”. The first two were total solo. “Zaz” got some of the cast joining in song, while “Sunny” gave us not only two female dancers but k.d. doing a short “ballroom” with one.
After Midnight has a “host”, the second featured “guest star” . Psych fans will recognize Dule Hill. In fact there was a presentation of “Psych, the Musical” on USA network. Dule told me that this is what prompted him to be in the show that allows him to show off both his singing and dancing talents.
What can you expect from this show? Duke Ellington music along with others such as: Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen; Sippie Wallace; Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh; Harry James & Ben Pollack; and Cab Calloway &Harry White.
You can also expect an hour and a half of some of the best jazz, tap and swing dancing going. Did I forget the singing? Can’t miss Adriane Lenox, Karine Plantadir and Dormeshia. Into America’s Got Talent? Julius “iGlide” Chisolm may have not made it to the top on that show, but he certainly gets to show off on this one.
What an ending! Tap Mathematician/”It Don’t Mean a Thing” has Jared Grimes doing the tapping with the band backing. The Company first joins in the songs “Cotton Club Stomp”, followed by the entire cast (although I didn’t spot k.d.) with “Freeze and Melt”. Just when you think the show is over, The Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars are moved up to the front of the stage with “Rockin’ in Rhythm”.
k.d. will be featured until March 9th. I’m not sure who will be doing these numbers in between as Toni Braxton and Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds will be there March 18-30. Vanessa Williams gets her turn April 1st through May 11th.
After Midnight is at the Brook Atkinson Theatre at West 47th Street.