Tony nominations are just around the corner, and one of the titles you can bet will yield a fair amount of ‘em is After Midnight, the marvelously assembled one-act jazz revue now playing on Broadway. Since opening last fall, the musical has remained one of the most acclaimed shows of the season, and remained quite relevant due to a bright cast of rotating guest performers (recent months have seen k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and Vanessa Williams, the latter currently playing through May 11).
The very first Midnight crooner, American Idol and The Color Purple vet Fantasia Barrino, wowed audiences with her charged, sultry takes on some of the show’s signature tunes, and she will be returning to After Midnight on May 13 and staying through June 8 (which also happens to be Tony Night…hmmmm). But if you’d like a little appetizer for her song stylings in just a few short weeks, EW has an exclusive listen to three sizzling tracks from the production, two of which feature Fantasia (vocally raising the roof, as always) and the contributions of co-star Dulé Hill (Psych) and Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center’s All-Stars, the thrilling onstage band that is a complete show unto itself. Rumor has it that there will be a cast recording in the near future, but for now, savor these transporting tunes specially created for awards nominators and voters; you’ll swear you’re in a smoky Harlem 1920s nightclub. (Your Gin Rickey is completely optional.)
After Midnight is now playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.