Thursday, February 20, 2014
Vanessa Williams Heads Back To Broadway In 'After Midnight' [VIDEO]
Vanessa Williams heads back to Broadway in 'After Midnight'. According to the Huffington Post, the actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub. "It's an honor to jump in. It's a well-oiled machine, up and running and I think it'll be a perfect fit," Williams said afterward. She signed on before ever seeing the show and says it was an "easy, easy" decision to jump in. Williams, who next month turns 51, will start as a guest vocalist on April 1 and end May 11, replacing Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, who in turn replaced k.d. lang. Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino, who originated the part at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The high energy show, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, features two dozen musical numbers that showcase dance, jazz, tap or singing backed by 17 musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center.