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Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight.
Making a stylish Broadway debut, four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang has taken over for Fantasia Barrino as the special guest vocalist in the colorful music and dance revue, "After Midnight." Emceed by the affable Dule Hill, the show light-heartedly celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
Boasting several well-known actors, including former U.S. Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson, "Persecuted" plays off potential restrictions to First Amendment freedoms to weave a taut thriller with a timely message.
If you're a little surprised to discover that alt-country star k.d. lang is coming to Broadway, so is lang.
Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound "After Midnight," a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
"I can hardly complain that Cab Calloway never got his due. ... Even so, I can't help wondering what he might have achieved," writes Ted Gioia in the Weekly Standard.
Willis Conover, whose jazz broadcasts over the Voice of America helped to win the Cold War, once told me that as a teenager, as yet unformed in his musical tastes, he purchased many recordings of then-popular swing bands. One day the record-store owner said: "If you like these bands, why don't you listen to Duke Ellington? He's the real thing."