If you’re missing the “good ol’ days” of the blues, or are just in the mood for some great entertainment; then After Midnight is a must-see. The musical (playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre) takes place “after midnight” in Harlem and centers around the infamous Cotton Club during its prime years from 1920 to 1940. Celebrating the likes of some the biggest names in jazz music (such as Lena Horne and Duke Ellington), After Midnight takes you on a late night ride that you’ll never want to forget. The show features a rotating group of guest stars that will surely catch the attention of future audiences. I had the opportunity to witness the musical with Grammy Award-winner and legendary music icon Patti Labelle, who is playing a limited engagement from now until June 29th. I would recommend seeing it during Labelle’s run because she commands the spotlight. From the moment Labelle takes the far right of the stage; in a shiny, body-hugging ensemble, the diva cradles you into the palm of her hands with every note. You’ll even want to sing along (and you will) during Labelle’s “Zaz Zuh Zaz” number. The 17-piece orchestra is absolutely superb and combined with some of the most amazing tap dancers and performers, you will actually forget that you’re on broadway, but at the Cotton Club itself.
Highlights: Patti Labelle’s “Zaz Zuh Zaz”, “I’ve Got The World On A String” and “Woman Be Wise”. The entire show is a must see!