Jazz is a state of mind. It’s a structure for innovation, forward momentum and freedom. The evocative new musical After Midnight will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, 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 17 musicians featured in the band include Mark Gross, Godwin Louis, Daniel Block, Andrew Farber, and Kurt Bacher on woodwinds; Gregory Gisbert, Bruce Harris, Alfonso Horne, and James Zollar on trumpets; Wayne Goodman, Arthur Baron, and James Burton III on trombones; Adam Birnbaum on piano; James Chirillo on guitar; Jennifer Vincent on bass, and Alvester Garnett on drums.
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, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway. Welcome to the new Jazz Age.