Did Natalie Cole Blast Patti LaBelle For 'After Midnight' Performance?
Dish Nation reports Natalie Cole had some strong feelings toward Patti LaBelle's work ethic and performance behind the scenes of the now-defunct Broadway show After Midnight
Both singers had a limited engagement in the Tony-nominated production (along with Gladys Knight), but the show abruptly came to a close in June due to poor ticket sales. While Cole and Knight never got their time in the spotlight, they were able to watch LaBelle from the sidelines.
"Natalie was overheard telling friends that Fantasia really made the show work, but Patti was just not up to par," a source told Dish Nation. "People were saying that Patti would get tired in middle of her set and would just mouth the words instead of singing them. Natalie didn’t hold back — she went on to say that Patti had lost her touch — saying she was too old and too tired to make the performance work."
Other celebrities allegedly agreed that LaBelle's effort was lacking, but no one was more vocal than Cole. The source added, "Natalie loves Patti’s voice, but she didn’t think she was right for this."
Sidebar: Judge Judy would call this hearsay, but if it is true shame on Natalie Cole. If Patti did not perform up to her standards lets give her the benefit of the doubt for the 50 years in this business that she has ripped the stage. How about that?! It's sad to read about women saying negative things about each other no matter how old they are. Have several seats to anyone dissing Patti. She is a legend who at 70 years old can still sing circles around anyone.